Family: Woman set on fire by ex-boyfriend in 2015 dies

(WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A woman left bed-ridden in a hospital after a disfiguring attack in August 2015 has died, according to her family.

Judy Malinowski was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, after a fight at a gas station in August 2015. Slager was sentenced to 11 years in prison for Felonious Assault and Aggravated Arson in December 2016.

After seeing the story, State Representative Jim Hughes introduced legislation to further punish in cases like Malinowski's that maim or disfigure. Legislators are currently looking over a bill in the state Senate to add at least six years of jail time for anyone who uses an accelerant where the victim is permanently disfigured or disabled. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday after it was unanimously approved by the House last month.

After the attack, Malinowski endured at least 52 surgeries. Prior to one of her operations last December, Malinowski struggled to speak to ABC 6/FOX 28 as she spoke about her suffering and desire to see "Judy's law" through to help prevent others from a situation like hers.

The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office has said it will seek murder charges against Slager should Malinowski die from her injuries.




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