An attorney for an Eastover man who once lived with accused Emanuel AME Church shooting suspect Dylann Roof is asking for a delay in his upcoming sentence after pleading guilty in April for not reporting Roof’s plans.
The attorney for 21-year-old Joey Meek cited undisclosed “medical issues” in court documents filed this week, according to the Charleston Post & Courier. Attorney Debbie Barbier previously said in court that Meek had sought psychiatric treatment. Barbier’s filings also included a request to file the motion under seal to protect Meek’s medical privacy.
Meek pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to report a crime and lying to federal investigators. He faces up to eight years in prison, but will likely receive less if he cooperates with federal prosecutors.
According to prosecutors, Roof had been staying with Meek and his family prior to killing nine churchgoers during a Bible study at Emanuel. Investigators say Roof had told Meek his plans, but Meek did nothing and did not alert authorities to Roof s plans after the attack
His sentencing date has not been scheduled but will likely occur after Roof’s own Nov. 7 trial wraps up. As part of his plea deal, Meek agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Roof’s case.