More Drama In Neely Case
Christopher Neely, the uncle of Jordan Neely, was arrested this week after law enforcement officials had been searching for him for a string of larcenies.
The 44-year-old was apprehended near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City after NYPD officers spotted him, recognized him as a suspect, and attempted to apprehend him. Neely attempted to flee from the officers but was unsuccessful in his escape.
When authorities searched him, they found Neely in possession of credit cards from several victims, as well as a gravity knife. He was arrested and transported to the NYPD precinct, and later charged with criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, bail jumping, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
It has been reported that Neely has a history of larceny, and now faces charges for the most recent string of robberies. His arrest also comes after he recently stated that he wanted Jordan's murderer, Daniel Penny, to receive a trial and not a plea deal. Friends and family of Jordan took to social media after his death to proclaim his innocence and accused his death as being a result of racism.
However, in an interview with the New York Post, Penny said that he has "love for all people," and that the incident was unlike "anything I'd experienced before." He went on to state that he and Jordan were arguing, and that Jordan had proclaimed multiple times that he did not care if he went to jail or not.
Penny is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. It remains to be seen what justice will be served for Jordan and his family.
As for Christopher Neely, it is unclear what his future looks like, or if he will be facing additional charges. What is known is that he could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Regardless of the case, it is clear that Jordan's family and friends have suffered a tremendous loss and will need time to process the grief before any continuation of the court proceedings. Our hearts go out to the Neely family and friends in this difficult time.