“Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will admit that they falsified records and will be sentenced to 100 hours of community service”
Jeffery Epstein was being held without bail and facing sex trafficking charges in August, 2019. He was found dead in his cell, reportedly of suicide, and questions arose about how this could have happened with two guards a mere 15 feet away and required to check on him every 30 minutes.
The two guards in question, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, admitted that they did not check on Epstein and have reached a plea deal to avoid jail time.
Two corrections officers who were supposed to be guarding Jeffrey Epstein’s cell the night he died by suicide cut a deal with prosecutors Friday that will allow them to avoid time behind bars.
Under the deferred prosecution agreement, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will admit that they falsified records and will be sentenced to 100 hours of community service, according to a letter written by federal prosecutors Friday.
Prosecutors said that the pair browsed the internet and slept at their desks just 15 feet from Epstein’s cell instead of making their scheduled rounds every half-hour.
Under the deal, Noel and Thomas “admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips'” for the housing unit where they were assigned.
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