(FiveNation.com)- The two corrections officers on duty when Jeffrey Epstein hung himself have cut a deal with prosecutors that allows them to avoid jail time.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, who falsified records to hide the fact that instead of making their scheduled rounds every thirty minutes, they were surfing the internet and napping at their desks just steps away from Epstein’s cell.
And for that, they will receive one hundred hours of community service.
Meanwhile over fifty people arrested for trespassing at the US Capitol on January 6 are being held without bail pending trial.
According to the original indictment, Thomas admitted to telling a supervisor that they “messed up,” claiming it was he, not Noel who was negligent.
Epstein, the notorious billionaire financier, was arrested on July 6, 2019 on charges of sex-trafficking that involved allegations dating to the early 2000s. Prosecutors argued that Epstein was a flight risk, so he was ordered to remain at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan pending trial.
On July 23, Epstein was found with a strip of bedsheet around his neck and was rushed to the hospital. He was later transferred to the prison’s hospital wing for a week before being placed back in his cell. For a time, Epstein was placed on suicide watch.
But on August 9, Epstein’s cellmate was transferred leaving him alone.
The next day, Epstein was found in his cell unresponsive. He was rushed to a hospital in lower Manhattan where he was later pronounced dead by suicide.
Under the plea agreement with prosecutors, both Noel and Thomas must undergo supervised release. They are also required to continue cooperating with the DOJ inspector general investigating Epstein’s death.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, the judge in the case for Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell delayed her trial for sex-trafficking until the fall. Her trial was set to begin in July but was delayed to give defense sufficient time to prepare in light of additional charges levied against her since her initial arrest for sex-trafficking in July of 2020.
Like Epstein, Maxwell is being held without bail after the judge determined that she was a flight risk.