Sentencing delayed for Roof’s friend as he apologizes

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By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A judge has delayed the sentencing of Dylann Roof’s friend for failing to report plans to kill black worshippers at a Charleston church.

In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said he would give Joey Meek’s lawyer time to respond to prosecutors who are asking for a longer prison sentence.

Meek was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. A defense motion made public Tuesday said the federal sentencing guidelines for his crime call for 27 to 33 months in prison.

Meek is requesting a shorter sentence. He sent handwritten notes apologizing to each victim’s family and wrote a statement saying he is sorry from the bottom of his heart.

Roof was sentenced to death for the nine killings at Emanuel AME church in June 2015.

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