The one individual with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plan to bloodbath worshippers at a traditionally black South Carolina church is about to learn how lengthy he’ll go to jail for mendacity to the FBI.
Joey Meek is about to be sentenced Tuesday in Charleston by the identical federal decide who presided over Roof’s trial, which led to January with Roof being sentenced to dying for the slaughter of 9 individuals at Emanuel AME church. Meek faces 27 to 33 months behind bars.
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 wasn’t prosecuted for not reporting Roof’s plans. As an alternative, federal prosecutors stated he lied to the FBI by first denying Roof shared his plans and inspired different pals he had advised of Roof’s plot to not name authorities.
Meek had agreed to plead responsible and assist prosecutors. 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 beneficial, looking for to make an instance of him and mirror the seriousness of the crime that Meek might have stopped if he’d picked up the telephone.
Meek’s lawyer, Deborah Barbier, stated that was unfair. Meek has despatched handwritten letters to the households of every sufferer apologizing and added that it hurts him daily when he thinks of what he might have stopped if he had alerted authorities.
Barbier additionally stated the U.S. authorities shares the burden of not stopping Roof, by failing to complete a background examine when he went to purchase the gun used within the killings.
“This allegation ignores the Authorities’s personal failures in permitting Roof to purchase and possess a handgun with pending drug cost,” Barbier wrote, asking U.S. District Decide Richard Gergel to not give Meek an extended sentence than the rules name for.
Meek is also a product of his occasions the place “we stay in a society the place individuals say surprising and violent issues every single day,” wrote Barbier, who included an exhibit…