Two Officers “Watching” Jeffrey Epstein Prosecution Deal Gets Revoked in His Suicide Case

Peyton Feldman, Writer

Peyton Feldman 

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5/22/21 

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 Two Bureau of prison officers were accused of resting and going online when they were supposed to keep close watch on Jeffrey Epstein the head of a sex trafficking ring consisting of minors. The workers admitted to falsifying records to make it appear as if they were keeping an eye on Jeffrey even though his death was later announced as a suicide. Despite this, prosecutors have made a deal that if the guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas comply to a set of specific guidelines they’ll have their criminal charges of conspiracy and filing false records revoked. 

Both guards will be kept under supervised release for six months and will be required to fulfill 100 hours of community service and they must cooperate with a probe by the Justice Department General which states that they “admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds’” the night Epstein took his own life. CNBC includes that the defendants must also “provide truthful information related to their employment by the Bureau of Prisons” along with the circumstances of his death. 

Both guards watching Epstein on August 9th-10th were working overtime due to staffing shortages. According to NBC news “Staffing shortages at the agency are so severe that guards often work overtime day after day or are forced to work mandatory double shifts”. This means that lying, falsifying records, prison violence, and lockdowns are common, and this case sheds a new light on the misconduct of the Bureau of Prisons that places guards and inmates in danger. 

It seems the defendants are willing to cooperate, and the prosecutors have already told the judge “After a thorough investigation and based on the facts of this case and the personal circumstances of the defendants… the interests of justice will best be served by deferring prosecution.”. 

 

Sources 

Two guarding Epstein night he killed himself will avoid jail time (nbcnews.com) 

Jeffrey Epstein jail guards get deferred prosecution deal (cnbc.com)