Jeffrey Epstein’s name has always been shrouded in controversy, which ended when he killed himself in his prison cell in early August. The first charges in Epstein’s death have just been handed down. The two prison guards who were responsible for checking on him every 30 minutes have been charged with falsifying records and conspiracy.
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Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, who are federal Bureau of Prisons employees, were arrested Tuesday. The inditement stated the two would sit at their desk, which was right next to Epstein’s cell, and browse the internet instead of doing their job of checking on suicide watch inmates every 30 minutes.
Prosecutors wanted to put this case into perspective when they detailed the two were a mere 15 feet from Epstein’s cell. Instead of the 30-minute interval, Noel and Thomas didn’t check on inmates for more than eight hours, the Daily Mail reported.
To somewhat take the blame off of the two guards, the incitement did acknowledge the fact that the two were working extreme over time as there was a severe prison staff shortage at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide by the coroner but that didn’t stop wild conspiracies from flying around. Many suggested the former millionaire was murder as he had powerful friends who he had dirt on.
Both Epstein’s brother and lawyers made the argument that he was murdered. His brother Mark also claimed he spoke with him days prior and got no inclination that he was about to kill himself.
Epstein, at the time of his death, was awaiting trial under federal charges for sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York. In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.
He was left off with a slap on the wrist. Numerous victims of Epstein are launching civil suits against his estate to have some form of closure on this matter that had hindered their lives.