The two guards on duty the night that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, have pleaded not guilty.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were charged with conspiracy and multiple counts of falsification shortly after Epstein’s death.
The pair initially pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea deal. Since then, the two have admitted to falsifying records on the night that the American financier and convicted sex offender killed himself in his Manhattan prison cell in 2019.
The BBC reports that the pair fabricated log entries to make it seem like they had conducted required half-hourly checks on Epstein.
Instead of checking on Epstein as they initially said they did, the court found out that they took naps and surfed the web. By the time the two guards did their rounds again, Epstein was found with a noose around his neck at around 6:30 AM. Prosecutors alleged that it was eight hours after the guards made their last rounds.
The two prison guards will be spared jail time as they agreed on a plea deal with the prosecutors. They are required to cooperate with a Justice Department review into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death as well as 100 hours of community service. The deal still has to be approved by the judge.
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