The South Carolina man who admitted he lied to the FBI and concealed knowledge of the massacre carried out by his friend Dylann Roof at a historically black church was sentenced on Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison.
Joey Meek told authorities his childhood friend Roof revealed his plot during an alcohol and drug-fueled night about a week before the June 2015 shooting. Roof said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people at a church, court records show.
But after Roof opened fire during a Bible study meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, slaying nine parishioners, Meek did not immediately report what he knew, prosecutors said.
(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Andrew Hay)