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Bill Named For Murdered Ohio State Student Passes Ohio House

Reagan Tokes
Reagan Tokes
Reagan Tokes

The Ohio House passed the high-profile "Reagan Tokes Act" to reform criminal sentencing and strengthen probation monitoring. The bill is in response to the murder of the Ohio State University student last year.

Reagan Tokes was raped and murdered last year by a man who was out of prison on probation. Her namesake bill allows for indefinite sentencing for first- and second-degree felonies, basing release on good behavior.

As Republican state Rep. Jim Hughes explains, Tokes’ killer Brian Golsby committed many violations while in prison for a previous crime.

“Under our current determinate sentencing structure, Golsby’s behavior in prison had no effect on his release day and thus provide little incentive for his rehabilitation,” Hughes says.

The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate where leaders have expressed support for the legislation.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.