A JUDGE has approved a deal that will see the guards who fell asleep on the job the night Jeffrey Epstein died get 100 hours community service- and no jail time.
The two guards were handed 100 hours community serviceCredit: AP
They both skipped jail timeCredit: Getty
Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres told them “You shall complete 100 documented hours of community service, preferably related to the criminal justice system, including working with recently released inmates.”
She added that the case will only be dismissed if they both comply with the terms of the agreement for the next six months.
They must also fully cooperate with the Justice Department’s probe into Epstein’s death.
Records indicate the two “admitted that they wilfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds” where Epstein was held.
The two guards were working at the Metropolitan Correctional Center the night Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide on August 10, 2019.
The two officers were working the night Epstein diedCredit: AP
They admitted faking their reportCredit: Reuters
The two officers were accused of falling sleeping and browsing the internet instead of making required rounds every 30 minutes.
During one two-hour period, both appeared to have been asleep, according to the indictment filed against them.
Both officers who were guarding Epstein were working overtime because of staffing shortages.
One of the guards was not hired as a correctional officer and was working a fifth straight night of overtime.
The other guard was working mandatory overtime, meaning a second eight-hour shift in the day.
Epstein was facing federal charges for the sex trafficking of minorsCredit: Getty
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Epstein’s death a suicide by hanging.
The medical examiner’s office said it stands “firmly” behind its finding of suicide by hanging, arguing that fractures of the hyoid bone and cartilage can be seen in both suicides and homicides.
However, questions surrounding Epstein’s mysterious death lingers.