Two years after her ex-boyfriend committed an unthinkable act of violence, Judy Malinowski lost her life at age 33 as a direct result of his heinous actions.
On August 2, 2015, Malinowski got into an argument with her ex-boyfriend Michael Slager behind a gas station in Gahanna, Ohio. Slager reportedly threw gasoline on her from a tank he had inside his car, and then set her on fire.
Malinowski, a former Miss New Albany who had beat ovarian cancer, had been hospitalized with severely disfiguring burns for the last two years, according to NBC 4. She underwent 59 surgeries, fighting the odds of survival, and was placed into palliative care in May.
During her valiant struggle to survive, Malinowski fought to stiffen the penalties for assaults that permanently disable and disfigure victims.
10TV reports that in December, Slager pleaded guilty to aggravated arson, and was given the maximum sentence — only 11 years in prison.
Lawmakers have introduced Judy’s Law in response to Malinowski’s story, and she gave a video interview to 10TV advocating for the law to be passed.
“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,” Judy Malinowski said, using a medical speaking aid.
And just a week before she died, Malinowski’s daughter spoke on her behalf.
“Please pass my mom’s law, because together we can prevent these types of situations,” said Kaylyn Malinowski. “We can prevent this from happening to other families.”
On Tuesday morning, the day Malinowski died, Senate Judiciary Committee passed “Judy’s Law,” and it will soon be up for a vote in the Senate.
Prosecutors say that in the wake of Malinowski’s death, they will push for Slager to be charged with aggravated murder.
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