Two Bureau of Prisons guards who were on shift the night pedophile Jeffrey Epstein suicided at the Metropolitan Correctional Center have pleaded guilty of falsifying records and narrowly escaped prison sentence due to a deal with prosecutors.
The two jail employees, Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, confirmed that they ‘willfully and knowingly’ gave inaccurate records of count and round slips forms on the night finance mogul Jeffrey Epstein died two years ago. According to the plea offer from prosecutors, they will be spared from prison and only have to engage in community service. How the bargain plea would still need to be approved by a judge.
The Associated Press reported from a letter filed by federal prosecutors on Friday, May 21, that Noel and Thomas would have 100 hours of community service awaiting them. In turn, for the guilty plea, the prison workers will cooperate with an ongoing federal probe.
“After a thorough investigation, and based on the facts of this case and the personal circumstances of the defendants, the Government has determined that the interests of justice will best be served by deferring prosecution in this District,” US Attorney Audrey Strauss wrote to Federal Judge Analisa Torres.
Multimillionaire Epstein was expecting a trial on federal charges when he was found dead in his cell and was declared dead by self-hanging by the New York City’s chief medical examiner in August 2019. The 66-year-old had been accused of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex trafficking ring. Several former presidents, titans of industry, and international dignitaries were also found related to Epstein’s predatory service.
The 2019 indictment of the guards said that between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. on the night that Epstein suicided, none of the guards on duty fulfilled their 30 minutes checks on the unit. Noel and Thomas instead spent their time surfing the internet and would not leave the common area, allegedly having been asleep for two hours, CNN reported.
Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, who confirmed he has not been too close with his sibling for seven years, said in an interview in 2019 that he believe his brother was killed.
Mark Epstein immediately hired Dr. Michael Baden, one of the world’s most famous forensic pathologists, to observe his brother’s autopsy when he learned of his brother’s death. Although Baden dismissed the medical examiner’s conclusion, the official retained their view.