JEFFREY Epstein's guards who appeared to fall asleep on surveillance video while he took his life will skip prison time after they admitted to falsifying records in a plea deal with prosecutors.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, the two Bureau of Prisons workers who were supposed to monitor Epstein, agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors on Friday.
Noel and Thomas were accused of falling asleep and browsing the internet when Epstein took his life in August 2019.
The two were charged with lying on prison records and admitted to falsifying records as if they had made the required checks on Epstein before he was found dead on August 10.
Noel and Thomas will enter a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice.
The two would then be subjected to supervised release and are required to complete 100 community service hours.
They must also fully cooperate with the Justice Department's probe into Epstein's death.
Records indicate the two "admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds" where Epstein was held.
A judge still needs to sign off on their deal, which could come as early as next week.
Prosecutors said the guards sat just 15 feet away from Epstein's cell and shopped for online furniture and motorcycles.
They were seen walking around the unit's common area instead of making required half-hour rounds.
In a two-hour period, the two guards both appeared to have fallen asleep according to indictments filed against them.
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