When she arrived in the hospital emergency room, burned so horribly that parts of her body had melted away, Judy Malinowski's future was measured in minutes.

She somehow stretched it nearly two more years, packing the time with emotional, medical, legal and even legislative victories.

Malinowski, 33, died June 27.

She was given just days to live after her ex-boyfriend, Michael W. Slager, doused her with gasoline and set her ablaze Aug. 2, 2015, following an argument in a Gahanna bank parking lot.

The mother of two and former Miss New Albany never recovered enough to go home to her family, but she held on to see her ex-boyfriend imprisoned, sentenced to 11 years, and to inspire new sentencing legislation -- sponsors call it Judy's Law -- that had passed the Ohio House and was approved in the Ohio Senate on June 28.

Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Hughes, R-Upper Arlington, a person convicted of felonious assault would receive a mandatory additional six years in prison if an accelerant was used and the victim suffered permanent, serious disfigurement or incapacity. The bill is headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

"She fought so hard," her stepfather, Dan Bowes, said June 27. "No one expected that she'd make it 48 hours. And this is day 696."

Malinowski's journey touched people throughout the country and around the globe, he said.

"There have been thousands of cards and well-wishes," Bowes said. "They came from everywhere. We actually got one from as far as Vietnam, from a little 9-year-old girl to Judy's girls."

He and Malinowski's mother, Bonnie Bowes, are proud of the sentencing legislation and hopeful that Malinowski also will have a voice at her own homicide trial. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said his office is working with Gahanna police and the original arson investigator to begin building a homicide case against Slager.

"It would be our intention, and it has been all along, that should she pass away it was our intention to pursue a homicide charge," O'Brien said. "This day was not unexpected for probably a long time, but it's sad that it finally arrived."

The Franklin County Coroner's office planned to perform an autopsy on Malinowski, and investigators expect that her injuries from the attack will be the proximate cause of her death.

Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel contributed to this story.

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