(PresidentialInsider.com)- Two prison guards who falsified records from the night that they were meant to be doing their rounds and watching Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire sex offender who hanged himself in his prison cell, won’t receive any jail time after they agreed to further cooperate with the Department of Justice on an investigation into the Epstein’s death.
The two guards admitted to skipping their rounds, ultimately giving Epstein the opportunity to hang himself in his prison cell and avoid facing the public and the courts over his decades of abusing young women and girls.
The announcement was made by the Southern District of New York following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An investigation conducted by the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility last October also concluded that no criminality had been discovered in how prosecutors and investigators handled the Epstein cause.
United States Attorney for the New York Southern District, Audrey Strauss, said on Friday that Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, the two prison guards in question, had agreed to “deferred prosecution arguments.” It means the two Metropolitan Correctional Center guards will escape prosecution by cooperating with the department’s continued investigations by giving “truthful information” related to their work for the Bureau of Prisons. Specifically, they will be asked to provide information about the Epstein case.
The decision has already proven extremely controversial, as the actions of these two prison guards could have been the reason why Epstein killed himself and stopped the billionaire pedophile’s victims from seeing justice.
Senator Ben Sasse, the Republican Senator for Nebraska, slammed it as a “failure of justice” and said that it was particularly disappointing because Epstein’s victims “have been failed at every single turn.”
The two guards said that they “willfully and knowingly” lied about skipping their rounds in the Special Housing Unit of the correctional center where Epstein was being held on August 9, 2019, and August 10, 2019.
They will both complete 100 hours of community service instead of facing a prison sentence.