COLUMBUS (WCMH)– The “Reagan Tokes Act” was formally introduced at the Ohio Statehouse this morning.
It’s a bill that highlights what representative Kristin Boggs calls the “failures” that led to the Ohio State University student’s death.
Lisa and Toby Tokes, Reagan’s parents joined a bipartisan group of state lawmakers in making the announcement.
“We know in our hearts that this is what Reagan would want us to do and we know it is the right thing to do to honor her memory best,” Lisa Tokes said.
Investigators say parolee Brian Golsby committed a series of armed robberies in the weeks leading up to the murder of Reagan Tokes.
Between January and February of 2017, seven people were robbed and assaulted in the German Village area. Reagan Tokes was kidnapped, raped and murdered last February 8. The next day police found Tokes’ body at the entrance to the Scioto Grove Metro Park.
Despite his history as a violent offender and dozens of prison infractions while behind bars, Golsby was released from prison in November 2016. He was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor but lawmakers say there were no restrictions on where Golsby could go.
Sen. Kevin Bacon said the system needs more flexibility to deal with the sentences of violent offenders who show no sign of reform.
“They can identify people who are likely to reoffend,” Bacon said. “Their hands are tied. They can’t do anything about these people.”
Because of his history of violence, Golsby was rejected by private re-entry programs. Sen. Sean O’Brien said the state needs to develop an additional re-entry option.
“This bill seeks to have the Department of Corrections create a system where these violent criminals are not released into the streets,” O’Brien said. “That’s what happened in this case.”
The bill would also require geographic boundaries be set for released offenders with GPS monitors and would allow law enforcement to have access to G-P-S data without a subpoena.
Lisa Tokes says that had the changes proposed been in place in February, Reagan might still be alive.
“Our choice to act comes from a place of ultimate love – to honor our daughter and hopefully our actions will prevent another vibrant soul from becoming a victim of a violent tragedy in the future,” Tokes said.