It's been more than three months since Dylann Roof entered a church in downtown Charleston, SC, and opened fire, killing nine churchgoers.
That man is 21-year-old Joseph Meek, Jr. of Red Bank, SC, who was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.
Meek was arrested while at work yesterday after receiving a letter on August 6 from the U.S. Attorney's Office informing him that he was a “potential target” in the investigation of the shooting, The State reports.
He has now been charged with two felonies: misprision - which is concealment of “knowledge of the actual commission of a felony” - and making false statements to law enforcement. A guilty verdict on these two felonies could reportedly land the man in prison for 8 to 11 years.
Jack Swerling, a defense attorney unaffiliated with the case, has said that federal prosecutors often use arrests like these as a tool to create 'better' witnesses:
“It’s better for the government to get that information out first – that the guy did make a false statement, that he did commit misprision of a felony but now he’s cooperating, he’s got a plea bargain and the witness has an expectation of being assisted by the government.”
Roof has been indicted already on 33 federal charges.
Meek's mother, Kim Konzny, told reporters that she believes her son has been unfairly targeted:
“I’m worried, but then I’m not worried because I know my son didn’t do anything wrong. He shouldn’t have gotten arrested.”
Meek is set to be arraigned at the federal courthouse in Columbia, SC, today.
In the wake of the tragedy, the people of Charleston rallied in a sign of solidarity with the victims and their loved ones.