- Two prison guards have admitted to falsifying records the night Jeffrey Epstein died
- Epstein, a convicted pedophile, allegedly killed himself in August 2019
- Latest updates on the trial of Ghalisane Maxwell, Epstein’s close confidant, here
Two prison guards who were on duty the night that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly committed suicide have admitted to falsifying the records about their routines that night.
According to the Associated Press, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas — who both appeared to have been asleep, “shopped online for furniture and motorcycles” and walked around the common area instead of making their required rounds — will avoid jail time as a result of their plea deal with federal prosecutors.
Both Noel and Thomas, whose desks were stationed just 15-feet from the cell where Epstein “killed himself”, were working overtime due to staffing shortages. Their deal with the prosecution needs to be approved by a judge, which could happen next week.
As part of the deal with prosecutors, they will enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and will serve no time behind bars, according to a letter from federal prosecutors that was filed in court papers Friday.
Noel and Thomas would instead be subjected to supervised release, would be required to complete 100 hours of community service and would be required to fully cooperate with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general, it says.
The two have “admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds’” in the housing unit where Epstein was being held, the letter says. [via Associated Press]
Epstein — who allegedly killed himself on August 10, 2019, while being held prisoner at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City — was convicted of procuring a child for prostitution and sex trafficking during his many years as a sexual predator. In the years since his death, Epstein’s “suicide” has been the subject of such intense controversy and skepticism that the phrase “Epstein didn’t kill himself” is now popular internet vernacular.
The news regarding the prison guards comes just weeks after a federal judge agreed to postpone the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a former girlfriend and confidant of Epstein’s, until the Fall as to give her defense team more time to prepare for the additional charges that have been levied against her.
Maxwell, 59-years-old, currently stands charged with allegedly recruiting and grooming a 14-year-old girl to conduct sexual acts with Epstein. She’s pleaded not guilty.