New York judge dismisses case against Epstein’s prison guards who allegedly slept during his suicide

Two New York City prison guards who allegedly slept during Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide are officially off the hook after a judge signed their no-prosecution agreement on Monday.

Tova Noel and Michael Thomas made an agreement with prosecutors last May to perform 100 hours of community service over a six-month period.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres officially closed the case on Monday after the couple completed the terms of the deal.

Prison workers Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have been accused of sleeping and browsing the internet instead of monitoring Epstein the night he committed suicide in August 2019 (AP Photo / Craig Ruttle, File)

Prison workers Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have been accused of sleeping and browsing the internet instead of monitoring Epstein the night he committed suicide in August 2019 (AP Photo / Craig Ruttle, File)

Epstein was arrested on July 6, 2019 on federal sex trafficking charges and was placed on suicide watch two weeks later after he was found in his jail cell with a band of sheets around his neck. Then on August 10, Epstein committed suicide by hanging, a New York medical examiner ruled.

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Just 15 feet from Epstein’s jail cell, Tova and Noel surfed the internet and slept instead of making their rounds every half hour, prosecutors wrote in the original indictment.

This March 28, 2017, file photo provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

This March 28, 2017, file photo provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

Thomas told a supervisor the couple “got it wrong” in finding Epstein unconscious, adding: “I messed up, she’s not to blame, we didn’t do any rounds,” according to the Act. ‘charge.

As part of the no-prosecution agreement, the guards “admitted that they had” deliberately and knowingly made false accounts and round sheets. ” “

The Metropolitan Correctional Center where Thomas and Noel worked was chronically understaffed. One of them was working his fifth consecutive day of overtime, while the other was working his second shift that day.

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Jason Foy, an attorney for Noel, called the charge “an attempt to criminalize impairments in work performance in a way never before done in the Southern District of New York,” adding that his client had cooperated with the government in its investigation.

“She shared the information she knew at the time of Jeffrey Epstein’s death and, more importantly, provided truthful insight into the toxic culture, poor training, staff shortages and dysfunctional management of the center. Metropolitan correctional facility now closed, ”Foy said in a statement. after the dropping of charges on Monday.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in exhibition photos.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in exhibition photos.
(Exhibit photos)

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted last week of five counts of trafficking young girls allegedly abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

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“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” US Southern District Attorney Damian Williams said after the conviction. “Crimes she committed with her longtime partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein.”

Fox News’ Marta Dhanis contributed to this report, as well as the Associated Press.

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