Columbus Woman Severely Burned by Boyfriend Dies

A suburban Columbus woman who was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend nearly two years ago has died.

Judy Malinowski, 33, remained hospitalized for the remainder of her life after the incident in Gahanna, in August of 2015. Her attacker, Michael Slager, was sentenced to 11 years in prison - the most he could receive for felonious assault and aggravated arson. 

The sentence sparked outrage and a bill, known as Judy's Law, has since passed the House that would extend prison time in cases where a victim is disfigured or disabled. The senate is to vote on Judy's Law tomorrow. 

Franklin County Prosecutor, Ron O'Brien, says because of some recent legal maneuvers and a deposition, the state will now seek to up the charges against Slager if the coroner rules her death a homicide.

"It's our expectation to present the case within the next several weeks to the Franklin County Grand Jury as a Homicide based on the attack on her that ultimately resulted in her death today," said O'Brian.

O'Brien says prosecutors have a very good chance at showing Slager's actions directly caused Malinowski's death.

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