COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman who was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend in 2015 has died, officials said Wednesday.
Malinowski was doused in gasoline and set on fire by ex-boyfriend Michael Slager, who pleaded guilty to aggravated arson in the attack and was sentenced to 11 years in prison — the maximum penalty.
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Judy Malinowski lived a hell few of us could imagine, and became a champion for change. Today her long fight ended. Remembering Judy, at 6. pic.twitter.com/vu6uwhoLcz
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Doctors told her she would not survive her injuries, but she fought through to pain to fight for tougher laws in Ohio.
Her story inspired lawmakers introduced Judy’s Law, to “create tougher prison sentences for attacks that permanently disfigure or disable.”
The law passed the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee and could come up for a Ohio Senate vote this week.
“It’s destroyed my life, my family’s life, my kids’ life. everyone around us life. And the laws of justice are just not fair,” Malinowski told WBNS.
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“I want to tell people how horrible something like this can be. And if you’re in an abusive relationship, find help, and get out completely. Run the other way. Run.”
Last week, when Malinowski lost her voice, it was her 13-year-old daughter who spoke out for the law.
“Please pass my mom’s law, because together, we can prevent these types of situations,” she said. “We can prevent this from happening to other families.”
Prosecutors tell WBNS they plan to charge Slager with aggravated murder. If convicted, he could face life in prison.