South Florida family fights for changes following daughter's kidnapping, murder in Ohio

Posted at 11:41 AM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 18:59:42-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A South Florida family is determined to see changes made after their daughter was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 2017.

21-year-old Reagan Tokes, whose parents live in Parkland, was a student at Ohio State University when police said Brian Golsby attacked and killed her.

Prior to the crime, Golsby was recently released from prison on attempted rape and robbery charges, and was wearing a GPS monitor. According to detectives, once he got out of prison, he robbed at least six people before killing Tokes.

Because Golsby was a registered sex offender, halfway houses turned him away and he became homeless.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers in Ohio will look at a new bill created in Tokes' honor.

Senate Bill 133 would improve GPS monitoring for criminals released from prison, and would reduce the caseload for parole officers, which would allow those officers to keep better track of convicts.

The bill would also create a re-entry program for offenders who are turned away from halfway houses.


Tokes' family worked with lawmakers on the bill, as well the first Reagan Tokes Act which was signed into law last year. That measure allows judges to lengthen an inmate's prison sentence if they cause problems while behind bars, which investigators said Golsby did on dozens of occasions.

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