Ohio Senate passes legislation after murders of Sierah Joughin and Reagan Tokes

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 4:48 PM EDT
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The violent murders of two local women are sparking action from Ohio lawmakers.

Sierah Joughin and Reagan Tokes were both killed. James Worley, a previous offender, was found guilty in Joughin's death. Brian Golsby, a convicted felon, was found guilty in Tokes' murder.

Members of the Ohio Senate passed a pair of bills named after each of the victims. Sierah's Law would create a list of violent offenders, similar to the sex offender registry.

Senator Gardner said, "Sierah Joughin's life helped make the lives of others better. Today, in the spirit of Sierah, we can help make Ohio lives safer."

The Reagan Tokes Act calls for longer sentences for offenders who violate rules while in prison, the sharing of GPS coordinates of a parolee with law enforcement, creation of a re-entry to society plan for violent felons and smaller caseloads for parole officers.

Both bills now head to the Ohio House of Representatives for further approval. Once approved there, each bill would need to be signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to become law.