Convicted rapist and murderer Brian Golsby was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes. During the sentencing, the Judge credited the jury and the defense attorneys for saving Golsby's life.
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Golsby was found guilty of abducting Tokes on February 8, 2017, around 9:45 p.m. just after she got off work at a Columbus bar. He then forced her to withdraw $60 from an ATM before making her drive them in her car to Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City, Ohio.
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At the park, Golsby raped her before fatally shooting her in the head twice. He then left her body in the park where she was found the next day. The judge noted during sentencing that the jury was deadlocked on whether Golsby deserved the death penalty. Ultimately, they decided to sentence Golsby to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Diane Menashe, Golsby's defense attorney, said the jury's decision to spare his life "showed me that there's humanity out there." But when the judge handed down the sentence, he noted that Golsby's own life was spared yet he did not show Tokes the same compassion when he took her life.
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"For the first time in his life, in particular, the last three days, Brian has seen two individuals fight for him like no one's ever fought for him before," Menashe continued. "And I see a change in him… Each one of us needs someone in this world to stand up and fight for them."
If you would like to watch the entire sentencing of Brian Golsby, <a href="https://youtu.be/Lwqxom7ZuIY">you can the video here.</a>
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