Joey Meek has more time to respond to motion seeking stronger sentence

Joey Meek (File)

The man who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators after the Emanuel AME shooting has more time to file a response to the government's request that he get a more severe sentence.

Under current sentencing guidelines, Joey Meek could face up to eight years in prison for his role in lying to authorities about Dylann Roof and the plan to kill people at a black church.

District Judge Richard Gergel said in an order filed on Tuesday that given the late date of the motion before the March 2 sentencing hearing, he was granting an extra week for Meek to file a response to the upward variance motion.

Meek and his attorney now have until March 10 to reply. A new sentencing hearing date has not been set.

The government's motion did not spell out how much more time Meek should spend in prison.

Meek had agreed with federal investigators to plead guilty and possibly accept a lesser sentence if he helped in the investigation against Roof. However, he was never called to testify in the federal trial that wrapped up in January.

Roof was convicted of all 33 charges he faced and a jury sentenced him to death.

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