CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Throughout an evening of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks a lot he was going to kill them at a Charleston church.
Meek stated he thought his pal was all speak till every week later, when information broke of a lethal capturing rampage at Emanuel AME church. However as an alternative of calling authorities, Meek talked one other pal out of going to police and giving them Dylan Roof’s identify. After which he lied to the FBI about his dialog with Roof.
For these crimes, Meek, 22, was sentenced Tuesday to greater than two years in jail.
The punishment was handed down by the federal decide who presided at Roof’s trial, which led to January with the avowed white supremacist sentenced to dying for massacring 9 black individuals as they bowed their heads in prayer throughout a Wednesday night time Bible research session on June 17, 2015.
In contrast to Roof, Meek confirmed regret for his crimes.
“I am actually, actually sorry. A variety of lovely lives have been taken,” he stated, studying from a press release.
He cried as he informed the decide he fears retribution behind bars: “I do not know if I am going to make it out of jail alive. I am scared.”
U.S. District Decide Richard Gergel’s 27-month jail time period was the minimal punishment underneath federal sentencing tips. The federal government needed a stiffer sentence to make an instance out of Meek and since he might have stopped the bloodbath.
Not one of the victims’ relations spoke in courtroom.
In a cope with prosecutors, Meek pleaded responsible to concealment of a criminal offense and mendacity to the FBI.
Meek was not charged for failing to inform police concerning the impending assault, since that isn’t a criminal offense underneath federal regulation. As an alternative, he was prosecuted for stopping a pal instantly after the slaughter from calling the police to report Roof as a suspect.
The decide stated Meek’s actions delayed Roof’s seize for hours, throughout which Roof simply might have massacred extra individuals some place else.
If Meek “had simply gone in his bed room and cried and regretted not reporting, he would have dedicated no federal crime,” Gergel stated.
Meek and Roof, additionally 22, met in center faculty, drifted aside throughout their highschool years after which reconnected…