Epstein Prison Guards May Face Criminal Charges After Refusing Plea Deal
Justice Department could prosecute NY prison guards
The prison guards who were on duty at the New York prison where billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was being held before he 'killed himself,' could face criminal charges from the Justice Department after they declined a plea deal.
Sources familiar with the case told the Associated Press on Saturday that the two guards responsible for monitoring Epstein turned down federal prosecutors' deal.
The plea deal was a sign that the Justice Department may pursue criminal charges against the guards.
Prosecutors requested the guards admit they had forged records, as it was believed proper routine checks on Epstein were not adequately carried out.
In July, Epstein was found "semi-conscious with neck injuries" on the floor of his prison cell following a "possible suicide attempt or assault," and then was placed on suicide watch.
A month later, Epstein was found dead in his prison cell.
The billionaire Democratic donor died overnight in an apparent suicide, law enforcement sources revealed at the time.
The head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons is set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
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Committee member, Sen. Ben Sasse, sent a letter to the director telling her he expects "substantial answers" on the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.
"To pretend like this issue, which is by far the public’s top concern with your agency, won’t be a significant focus of attention at this hearing is naïve — to the point of being laughable," the Nebraska Republican wrote.
Last month, a leading forensic pathologist, who was present during Epstein's autopsy, said that the dead sex offender's injuries suggest he died from "homicidal strangulation" rather than suicidal hanging.
According to former New York City medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden, the body of convicted pedophile and charged child trafficker bore telltale signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself.
Dr. Baden revealed to “Fox & Friends” during an exclusive interview Wednesday that Epstein's examination showed his death was more consistent with murder, however.
An attorney representing three of Jeffrey Epstein's victims in August said he had "information" that suggested he was "murdered" and his death made to "look like a suicide,"