CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The one individual with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plot to bloodbath parishioners at a historic black church was sentenced Tuesday to greater than two years in jail for hampering the investigation and mendacity to the FBI.
“I am actually, actually sorry. Loads of lovely lives have been taken,” 22-yr-previous Joey Meek advised the courtroom. He started to cry as he added: “I do not know if I am going to make it out of jail alive. I am scared.”
Meek was handed 27 months behind bars by the identical federal decide who presided over Roof’s trial, which led to January with the avowed white supremacist being sentenced to dying for slaughtering 9 individuals at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church.
U.S. District Decide Richard Gergel stated he hoped the sentence would function a deterrent to anybody else who learns of one thing so critical and fails to return ahead. He added that Meek was lucky one other bloodbath did not happen due to the delay in figuring out Roof within the hours after the assault.
Meek confronted 27 to 33 months in jail.
No relations of the victims spoke at sentencing.
Meek stated Roof shared his murderous plan throughout an evening at Meek’s home as 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 later struck a cope with prosecutors, agreeing to plead responsible to failure to report a criminal offense and mendacity to authorities.
He was not sentenced for failing to go to the police earlier than the assault. As an alternative, authorities stated, Meek broke the regulation when he stopped a good friend within the hours instantly after the assault from calling the police to report Roof as a suspect.
Additionally, authorities stated Meek lied to the FBI when he initially denied Roof had shared his plan with him.
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 legal regulation,” the decide wrote.
Meek’s lawyer, Deborah Barbier, identified lately that Meek had despatched handwritten letters to the households of every sufferer apologizing. She additionally stated he thinks repeatedly of what…