Despite admitting to lying about checks on Jeffrey Epstein’s cell, two prison guards who reportedly fell asleep while guarding him on the night he died will be spared jail.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have agreed to a plea bargain with US prosecutors, which means they would avoid jail time if they are convicted of falsifying documents related to August 9.
According to the reports, the pair were charged after seemingly napping and surfing the internet instead of keeping an eye on the millionaire pedophile during their transfer.
On the night in question, Thomas looked up sports news and motorcycle prices, while Noel shopped for furniture online, according to prosecutors.
Noel and Thomas admitted “willfully and knowingly” filling out forms claiming they checked Epstein’s cell on a regular basis under a deferred prosecution agreement announced late Friday.
The deal, which must be approved by a judge and maybe finalized next week, calls for the pair to complete 100 hours of community service and six months of supervised release.
He was being held on remand at the time of his death, suspected of sex trafficking.
Epstein’s murder, which was ruled a suicide by New York City’s top medical examiner, infuriated then-Attorney General William Barr and led to a management shake-up at the Manhattan jail.
They must also fully cooperate with the US Justice Department’s investigation into the death of the alleged child abuser.
On August 10th, 2019, financier and convicted sex offender Epstein, 66, was discovered hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a frequent critic of the government’s handling of the Epstein case, called the agreement a “joke”
The Nebraska Republican said in a statement: “At every stage, Epstein’s victims have been let down. This isn’t traffic court, but 100 hours of community service is a joke.”