Reagan Tokes case to be featured on 'Dateline' episode

NBC’s Dateline will feature a broadcast Monday titled Unchecked Evil, about the 2017 murder of 21-year-old Ohio State senior and former Monclova Township resident Reagan Tokes

Ms. Tokes, an Anthony Wayne High School graduate, was enrolled in Ohio State studying psychology when she was kidnapped, robbed, raped, and murdered — her body dumped near a Grove City park entrance — just months before she was supposed to graduate.

Her death devastated her family and friends. But grief became coupled with anger when they found out her murderer, Brian Lee Golsby, was a registered sex offender and had been recently released from prison after serving time for attempted rape. At the time of Ms. Tokes’ killing, he was living in a halfway house with an ankle GPS monitoring bracelet, but despite that, he allegedly committed a series of robberies in the days immediately preceding the night he accosted Ms. Tokes as she left work at a Columbus restaurant.

Golsby was found guilty in March of 2018 of Ms. Tokes’ murder, but spared the death penalty. 

After he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Ms. Tokes’ parents, Lisa McCrary-Tokes and Toby Tokes, went before lawmakers and lobbied for changes in the law that would increase penalties for those who commit violent crimes, and require the state corrections system to better monitor criminals released on probation and parole.

Last year legislators passed the Reagan Tokes Act, imposing tougher sentences on violent offenders and requiring state officials to study how they use GPS monitoring.

The Tokes family has also asked the Ohio Supreme Court to allow them to sue state prison officials for failing to properly monitor Golsby.

During Monday’s hour-long program, Dateline correspondent Andrea Canning will speak with key players in the case, including Ms. Tokes’ parents.

Unchecked Evil will air at 10 p.m. Monday on NBC’s local affiliate, WNWO-TV, Channel 24.

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