Brian Golsby sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Reagan Tokes

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 A Franklin County judge has sentenced Brian Golsby to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes.

During the verdict reading jurors noted they were deadlocked so their recommendation was life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Regardless of the outcome of today’s verdict, it doesn’t bring our daughter back. It doesn’t erase the night of night of terror that Reagan had to endure. It doesn’t erase the graphic details and images that are forever burned into our minds,” said Reagan Tokes’ mother, Lisa Tokes. “Most importantly, it doesn’t change that she wasn’t granted her last wish. And to quote our daughter, her last words, ‘I just want to live.’”

Last week, after just five hours of deliberation, the jury found Golsby guilty on all counts in connection with the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of Tokes.

Jurors were asked to consider evidence of mitigating factors about the defendant.

A forensic psychologist testified Monday that Golsby’s upbringing was “about as bad as it gets,” during the penalty phase of Golsby’s trial.

Jurors had the option of returning a death penalty recommendation or life without parole, life with no chance of parole for 30 years or life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday after prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments.

The judge will render the final verdict in the case at about 3pm, Wednesday, but because of the jury’s recommendation, he can not impose the death penalty.

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