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"Judy's Law" Passes the Senate Hours After Namesake Dies

Judy Millinowski was set on fire by her boyfriend nearly two years ago.

The Senate has unanimously approved a bill called, “Judy’s Law.” It increases penalties and adds times onto sentences if an accelerant is used to intentionally disfigure a victim by setting that person on fire.

Judy Malinowski died just hours before the bill named for her passed the Senate.

She had been in the hospital since August of 2015 when her ex-boyfriend doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. During the nearly two years in the hospital, Malinowski underwent nearly 60 surgeries.

Michael Slager, who has been serving eleven years in prison in connection to the crime, will now be tried for her murder. The bill now goes to Gov. John Kasich. He is expected to sign it.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.