Epstein prison guards set to be charged over his death

Two prison officers who were tasked with guarding the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died in his cell are set to be charged.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the workers at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York are to be charged with falsifying prison records – the first criminal charges in connection with Epstein’s death.

The pair – who have reportedly turned down the offer of a plea bargain – are suspected of failing to check on the convicted sex offender every half-hour and of fabricating log entries to make it look as though they had.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: The Metropolitan Correctional Facility, where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell, is seen on August 10, 2019 in New York City. The financier, who faced sex trafficking charges, reportedly committed suicide overnight by hanging. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Image:The Metropolitan Correctional Facility, where Epstein was found dead in his cell

They were working overtime because of staffing shortages when Epstein was found on 10 August, less than a month after he was placed on suicide watch after he was found on his cell floor with bruises on his neck.

AP reports that Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before he died, meaning he was less closely monitored, but he was still supposed to be checked every 30 minutes.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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