A bill called “Judy’s Law” has been passed in Ohio that will add 6 years to minimum prison sentences for abusers who do permanent damage to their victims.
The legislation was inspired by Judy Malinowski, who was in a hospital for two years undergoing dozens of surgeries after her boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. Malinowski died this week of her injuries.
Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on aggravated arson and felonious assault charges. Prosecutors now want to add murder to his charges, with the recent death of Malinowski.
The Daily Mail continues:
‘That child suffered for two years to tell her own story, who has the strength to do it?’ her mother Bonnie Bowes said.
The mother-of-two suffered fourth- and fifth-degree burns to 80 per cent of her body when her ex-boyfriend, 41-year-old Michael Slager, attacked her at a Gahanna, Ohio gas station after a fight.
The bill will now head to Republican Governor John Kasich for his signature.
Initially, Slager claimed that he didn’t mean to set her on fire. He said that he accidentally ignited the fuel when he lit a cigarette.
Both of Malinowski’s ears and parts of her fingers were melted off in the fire, and she lost the ability to speak above a whisper due to extensive damage to her trachea.
She lost the ability to walk and needed a ventilator to help her breathe.
With heartbreaking photos circulating the internet of Malinowski’s extensive injuries, Twitter and Facebook have been full of fury, which encouraged the quick signing of this new law.
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