The two jail guards who copped to fudging documents the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself will officially avoid time behind bars themselves after a judge on Tuesday okayed their deferred-prosecution agreement.
The former guards, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, will avoid prison and be forced to complete 100 hours of community service as part of the deal, which was approved by Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan federal court.
The pair will also have to cooperate with an investigation by the DOJ’s inspector general.
They have both admitted that they “willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 9, 2019 and August 10, 2019.”
At the end of short hearing finalizing the deal Tuesday, Torres warned the pair not to mess up the opportunity they’d been given to avoid a criminal conviction.
“I trust that you’ll comply to the agreement and take full advantage of that opportunity,” she said.
Noel and Thomas, who were working overtime shifts the night Epstein died, sat just five yards from his cell, but allegedly surfed the internet instead of checking in on him every 30 minutes as they were required to do.
A New York medical examiner ruled that Epstein died by suicide, hanging himself by his clothes in the cell.
Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges brought by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York at the time.
The convicted pedophile’s alleged cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell, is now awaiting trial in the same district on charges that she allegedly procured girls for him to abuse and lied under oath.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.