Friend of accused church shooter wants sentencing delayed

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file frame from video, Joey Meek, friend of Dylann Roof who is accused of killing nine black church members during Bible study on June 17 in Charleston , S.C., speaks to The Associated Press. Bond was reduced Thursday, Oct. 22 for Meek, accused of failing to tell authorities all he knew about the suspect in the massacre. (APTN via AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A friend of the man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study in a South Carolina church wants to delay his own sentencing.

Joey Meek has pleaded guilty to lying to authorities and failing to report a crime regarding what he knew about Dylann Roof’s violent plot.

An attorney for the 21-year-old requested the motion for delaying the sentence to be filed under seal, citing Meek’s “medical issues.”

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Meek faces a possible prison sentence of eight years, though prosecutors say they’ll argue for a shorter sentence if he’s cooperative in their case against Roof.

At his plea hearing, Meek’s attorney said her client had sought psychiatric treatment. As part of her delay motion, attorney Debbie Barbier said she plans to file a letter from a psychiatrist.

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