41-year-old Michael Slager has been sentenced on Monday, December 12th, to 11 years in jail for setting his girlfriend on fire. The list of charges included assault, possession of criminal tools, and aggravated arson. According to the Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O’Brien, Mr. Slager pleaded no contest to all criminal counts before the judge passed the sentence. Furthermore, Mr. O’Brien said that the defendant received the maximum sentence for his crimes.
Events Leading up to the Conviction
Back in 2015, the Gahanna, Ohio, police dispatch was flooded with multiple witnesses’ reports, stating that a woman has been set ablaze in a gas station by a male attacker. The police later identified the man as Michael Slager, the victim’s boyfriend at the time.
According to the police officers, Judith Malinowski was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The county prosecutor says that the 33-year-old woman is still in medical care at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
Hospital officials say that the woman suffered third and fourth-degree burns on 90 percent of the body’s surface. Furthermore, scars are visible over extensive areas of her body. Also, the hospital staff says that Ms. Malinowski has undergone countless surgical procedures in order to survive.
During the incident, Mr. Slager also suffered several burns, according to the law enforcement officers. In his initial statement, the man claims that the unfortunate series of events occurred as a direct result of a “horrible accident”. However, witnesses declared that the couple was fighting just moments before the attack.
Furthermore, one of the people present on the scene at the time Ms. Malinowski was set on fire says that her boyfriend used a fire extinguisher in an effort to put out the flames. Even though Michael Slager’s attorney claims the defendant did not intend to start the fire, the victim’s family told the police officials that Ms. Malinowski was afraid of her partner.Following Mr. Slager sentencing, Robert Krapenc, his attorney, could not be reached for comments.
Ultimately, Ms. Malinowski’s mother says that her daughter will move on with her life and is prepared to fight in order to lead a normal life again, in spite of her injuries.
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