Reagan Tokes’ family still hopes to change state law two years after her murder

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COLUMBUS — The television video footage from that day captured a frozen but grisly scene.

A passerby had discovered the body of a young Ohio State student, Reagan Tokes, a senior majoring in psychology who was just three months shy of graduating.

Her murder two years ago - on February 8, 2017 - has already helped spur major changes.

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State lawmakers in December voted to drastically change Ohio law - altering how violent felons are now sentenced to prison. Judges now have the ability to sentence certain violent offenders to a range of years rather than a set term.

Her parents still want more.

They want lawmakers to pass the additional portions of the Reagan Tokes Act that would beef up and increase GPS monitoring of certain violent ex-offenders released from prison. They also want lawmakers to help ease the burden on parole officers, who are overwhelmed with cases.

In an interview this week, Lisa McCrary-Tokes, Reagan Tokes’ mother, talked to 10 Investigates.

The Tokes are also planning the “Rally for Reagan” next weekend on February 15 and 16. The weekend event in Columbus will include a dinner Friday night and a self-defense and safety program on Saturday.

The need for legislative change, the Tokes have said, was born out of what happened to their daughter.

Brian Golsby, the convicted sex offender who was convicted last spring of Tokes’ kidnapping, rape, and murder, is a big part of that.

Prior to his release in November of 2016, Golsby accrued 52 infractions during his prison terms, a sign corrections officials acknowledged proved that he had not reformed himself or been rehabilitated. It’s part of what prompted lawmakers to act in December. The new law would allow violent felons who behave themselves while in prison to get out early if they showed signs of progress. Dually, it could essentially keep prisoners behind bars longer if they fail to rehabilitate themselves.

Golsby is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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