Dylan Roof’s friend arrested for not reporting plot

Things keep getting more complicated in the case against Dylan Roof as news outlets are now reporting that his friend is facing up to 8 years in prison for failing to report Roof’s plan.

According to the Post and Courier, “A Midlands man has been charged with failing to report Dylann Roof’s alleged scheme to kill Charleston churchgoers, then lying to federal agents after the attack.”

Joseph Meek, Jr. of Lexington, SC was arrested on Thursday. Roof apparently spent time with Meek in the weeks leading up to the shooting in Charleston. According to local and national news outlets, Roof made comments to Meek about his plans to carry out violence in the Holy City.

While Meek claims that he didn’t take Roof’s comments seriously, the indictment states otherwise. According to the Post and Courier, “the indictment, which was signed by U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, said that Meek had actual knowledge of Roof’s plan to commit federal hate crimes and religion freedom violations.”

Meek will appear in court on Wednesday. He could potentially face 8 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

This will not be Meek’s first brush with the law. According to the Post and Courier, “At the time of his arrest, Meek was serving 18 months of probation for receiving stolen goods, and he was arrested in May on the same charge…He has misdemeanor convictions for disorderly conduct and using a vehicle without permission. Meek also was arrested in 2012 on a felony burglary charge that was dropped earlier this year.”