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O'Brien Says Reagan Tokes Act Could Have Been Introduced Sooner

Ohio Public Radio

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says he's pleased state lawmakers have introduced a bill  named after the Ohio State University student who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in February. But O'Brien thinks the bill changing the release and monitoring of accused criminals could have come sooner. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says he fully supports the Reagan Tokes Act, which would allow for sentences to be lengthened for violent inmates and more rules on GPS monitoring of those who are released. But O’Brien notes that some of these ideas were agreed to by a criminal code study committee of lawmakers and other experts, but those recommendations haven’t been considered as legislation yet.


“I think sometimes it takes a tragedy for the need to be sharply in focus of people in this building and take action.”


Reagan Tokes’ accused killer was released from prison three months before her death. He’s pleaded not guilty, but police say his GPS ankle monitor shows he was in the park where her body was found.

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