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Joey Meek appealing prison sentence for lying to FBI about Dylann Roof

Joey Meek (Source: WIS) Joey Meek (Source: WIS)
Dylann Roof. (Source: Live 5 News) Dylann Roof. (Source: Live 5 News)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A friend of Dylann Roof is appealing his 27-month prison sentence for lying to FBI agents about Roof's plans to attack the Emanuel AME church. 

Court records released on Tuesday state Joey Meek is appealing his sentence which was handed down last Wednesday. 

Meek was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, the same federal judge who presided over Roof's death penalty trial. 

Meek's sentence also consisted of one year of supervised release.  

Roof was sentenced to death after being found guilty in the deaths of nine at Emanuel AME Church, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74; and Myra Thompson, 59.

Meek says Roof told him the outlines of his plan as they drank vodka and snorted cocaine a week before the massacre. 

Authorities say Meek told some friends about Roof's alleged plot and told them not to report it, which resulted in a misprision of a felony charge.

Meek pleaded guilty but wasn't prosecuted for failing to report Roof's plans.

Instead, it was ruled Meek would only be sentenced for what he did after the massacre. 

Meek apologized in court last Tuesday.

“I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry that this has all happened to such beautiful families,” he read aloud in court.

The statement was part of a court document released to the public in February.

Over the next few weeks the Federal Bureau of Prisons will decide where Meek will serve his sentence and how he will be classified, meaning solitary confinement or general population.

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