Christopher Neely, Jordan Neely’s uncle, was arrested in New York City but was released without bail despite having a long criminal rap sheet.
As Slay News reported earlier this week, Neely was arrested on charges of theft and resisting arrest.
However, the career criminal was swiftly cut loose when his attorney said his family needed him to deal with his nephew’s death.
Neely has a long criminal record that includes over 70 arrests.
He had two active warrants at the time of his arrest.
Prosecutors wanted Neely held on $10,000 bail because he was on probation in a 2019 grand larceny case when he was arrested.
But Neely’s public defender, Gurmeet Singh, said his client had been a father figure to Jordan and the family needed its “rock.”
“I think it’s no secret the family and Mr. Christopher Neely are going through a very, very tough period in their life,” Singh said.
“It’s been a very hard experience for the family, a very harrowing experience.
“Christopher Neely has been a rock for the family and is taking care of them.”
After a brief struggle with police, Neely was cuffed and stuffed and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, bail jumping, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Ironically, Christopher demanded harsh penalties Daniel Penny, the hero Marine who has been charged with manslaughter over Jordan’s death.
“He needs to be prosecuted or he will do it again,” Christopher Neely said of Penny.
“It’s a smack in the face for Jordan’s family and the people of New York.
“I want this to go to trial.
“He has too much confidence in himself and has to be taught what he did was wrong.”
Penny, who unlike the Neely family is a law-abiding citizen who stepped in to stop a career criminal from threatening innocent citizens, broke his silence in a recent interview, as Slay News reported.
“This had nothing to do with race.
“I judge a person based on their character. I’m not a white supremacist.
“I mean, it’s, it’s a little bit comical.
“Everybody who’s ever met me can tell you, I love all people, I love all cultures.
“You can tell by my past and all my travels and adventures around the world.
“I was actually planning a road trip through Africa before this happened.
“I’m a normal guy. I was going to my gym. There’s a pool there. I like to swim.
“I was living in the East Village,” he said.
“I take the subway multiple times a day.
“I think the New York transit system is the best in the world and I’ve been all over the world.”
When asked what he would say to Jordan Neely’s family, he said:
“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life.
“It’s tragic what happened to him.
“Hopefully, we can change the system that’s so desperately failed us.”
When asked if he would do it again he said he would.
“You know, I live an authentic and genuine life,” he said.
“And I would — if there was a threat and danger in the present…
“I always do what I think is right.”
Penny’s attorney Thomas Kenniff said:
“I can tell you that the threats, the menacing, the terror that Jordan Neely introduced to that train has already been well documented.
“I don’t think it’s going to even be controverted.
“There are numerous witnesses from all different walks of life who have absolutely no motive to do anything other than to recount what actually happened.
“They are uniform in their recollection of events.”
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— New York Post (@nypost) May 25, 2023
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