Man accused of killing Ohio State student was under GPS monitoring

Brian Golsby

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Accused killer Brian Golsby was under GPS monitoring at the time he was accused of killing Ohio State student Reagan Tokes.

According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections spokesperson JoEllen Smith:

I can confirm that he was on GPS monitoring which is not uncommon due to the fact that he did not have a permanent residence upon his release.

DRC contracts with community providers for electronic monitoring and GPS services.  The level of monitoring depends on the offender and circumstances for which the service is requested.

DRC is not providing specifics relative to this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation.

Golsby was released from prison in November after serving six years in prison for robbery and rape.

Golsby has an extensive rap sheet that started before he was a teenager.  NBC4 requested Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Terri Jamison unseal his juvenile record.  Those court documents show Golsby was involved in at least ten court cases, the first of which were before he was a teenager.

He was initially accused of being delinquent. His mother, Stephanie, said Golsby was missing curfew, skipping school, and disobeying her rules.  At age 12, Golsby was caught stealing from a Schottenstein’s Store.  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says, “You come up with someone who couldn’t follow the law at an early age, that was a problem for the family….And certainly, it looked like someone that was heading for trouble.”

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His run-ins with the law continued.  Golsby later spent time at the Buckeye Ranch and in foster care. He was ordered to undergo evaluations during his youth.

By age 17, Golsby was accused of theft at least three times.  Court documents show he was caught stealing from his Meijer and Kroger.  Later that year, he was accused of receiving stolen property as well.  O’Brien adds, “He had been before the court multiple times. He had been placed on probation multiple times. He had been placed on probation multiple times.”

Golsby now stands accused of killing, raping, robbing, and kidnapping Ohio State Student Reagan Tokes.  He had been serving a six-year sentence for attempted rape and robbery, but was released in November 2016.  Golsby was allowed to take a plea deal in the 2010 case and serve just six years instead of the possible 16.  O’Brien says one victim was unwilling to testify in court so his team of prosecutors had to balance the need for public safety with the victim’s wishes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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