The one individual with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plot to bloodbath worshippers at a traditionally black South Carolina church was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in jail for failing to report a criminal offense and for mendacity to the FBI.
Joey Meek cried at sentencing Tuesday in Charleston by the identical federal decide who presided over Roof’s trial, which led to January with Roof being sentenced to demise for the slaughter of 9 individuals at Emanuel AME church.
“I am actually, actually sorry. A number of lovely lives have been taken,” stated Meek, who started to cry at sentencing.
Meek had confronted 27 to 33 months behind bars.
U.S. District Decide Richard Gergel stated he hoped the sentence would function a deterrent for anybody sooner or later who learns of one thing so critical and fails to return ahead to authorities. He added that Meek was lucky one other bloodbath did not happen due to the delay in figuring out Roof.
No relations of the victims spoke at sentencing.
Meek stated Roof shared his plan to shoot blacks on the historic African-American church in Charleston throughout an evening at Meek’s home the place they drank vodka, snorted cocaine, smoked marijuana and performed video video games. Authorities stated that was a few week earlier than the June 17, 2015, killings.
Meek signed a cope with prosecutors in 2016, agreeing to plead responsible to mendacity to authorities and failure to report a criminal offense. Federal prosecutors stated he had lied to the FBI by first denying Roof shared his plan. Authorities stated he additionally had stopped a pal from calling police after listening to concerning the capturing to report Roof as a suspect.
Gergel beforehand dominated that Meek might solely be sentenced for what he did after the slayings, not for any inaction beforehand. Meek’s “failure to make an earlier report is tragic and deeply regrettable, however his failure to report was not a violation of federal felony regulation,” the decide had written earlier.
Meek additionally had agreed to assist prosecutors as a part of his 2016 deal. However they by no means referred to as him throughout Roof’s trial, during which Roof acted as his personal lawyer for a lot of the proceedings and put up virtually no protection.
Then simply earlier than Meek was initially set to be sentenced final month, prosecutors requested for a stiffer sentence than tips advisable, looking for to make an…