'Judy's Law' passes unanimously, heads for signature

FILE - Judy Malinowski with her mom, Bonnie (WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio state senators started their afternoon session Wednesday with a moment of silence for Judy Malinowski, one day after her death.

They followed that by voting 33-0 to pass "Judy's Law," a bill that would add up to six years to sentences in cases where victims are left incapacitated or disfigured.

Judy was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, in 2015 and spent nearly 700 days in a hospital bed. Burns covered most of her body and skin grafting contributed to more than 50 surgeries. Judy's face and hands remained disfigured until her passing Tuesday. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Tuesday that he will now seek a murder charge against Slager.

Malinowski's mom said her daughter wouldn't take pain medication when testifying before lawmakers. She said her daughter was seeing angels just before she died holding her hand.

"I held her hand for 700 days," Bonnie Bowes said. "I said, 'If you want to go be with Jesus... I'll hold your hand until he takes the other hand.'"

Because of Malinowski's death, Slager could face life in prison if he's now convicted of murder.

Malinowski's viewing and funeral will be held at the Church of Resurrection in New Albany next week.

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