First Marion County Defendants Sentenced Under the Reagan Tokes Act

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On July 10th, 2019 Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan and Assistant Prosecutor Justin Frey represented the State of Ohio in the first sentencing in Marion County under Ohio’s new Reagan Tokes Act.

This Act provides serious felony offenders with an indefinite sentence range when prison is imposed. In case 19-CR-0135 defendant Joshua Glass pleaded guilty to Felonious Assault a felony of the second degree andFailure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the fourth degree. Under the Reagan Tokes Act, first and seconded degree felonies that occur after March 22, 2019 receive a range of time including minimum and maximum sentences. Judge Warren T. Edwards followed the joint recommendation of the Prosecution and the Defense and sentenced Glass to a range of 4 to 6 years on the Felonious Assault and a definite sentence of 12 months on the Failure to Comply, to be served concurrently.

On July 16, 2019 Assistant Prosecutors Justin Frey and Margaret Moore represented the State of Ohio in a plea hearing for Patrick Kepler. Kepler pleaded guilty to Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Complicity to Illegal Manufacture of Methamphetamine felonies of the second degree. Judge Warren T. Edwards followed the joint recommendation of the Prosecution and Defense and sentenced Kepler to a range of 8 to 12 years on the Illegal Assembly and 8 years on the Illegal Manufacturing, to be served concurrently. Both these criminal offenses fall under the Reagan Tokes Act, but the Act only allows one to be given an indefinite sentence.

These defendants are among the first to be sentenced under the Reagan Tokes Act. Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan is proud of the work of his team on these cases and would also like to acknowledge and thank Marion, Ohio Police Department, Marion Sheriff Ohio and The MARMET Drug Task Force for their hard work concerning these cases.