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Burn victim who could not testify against ex-boyfriend leaves her injuries

Judy Malinowski in her hospital bed.

(ABC 6/Fox 28)

A woman in Ohio who said that her ex-boyfriend doused her with gas and her on fire had not the opportunity to testify against him — and they spoke out for local news to show that the extent of her trauma.

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Judy Malinowski was set to undergo her 52nd surgery this week, ABC 6/Fox 28 reported. She said to the station, after her ex-husband, a 41-year-old Michael Butcher, pleaded no contest Monday in Columbus to charges including aggravated arson, keep her off the stand.

The judge sentenced the Butcher to 11 years in prison for the August 2015 attack.

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Malinowski, 33, described Butcher as “pure evil.” She said that the fire effectively burned some of her fingers and her ears, with burns of 80% of her body.

She remained in critical condition this week, prosecutor Ron O’brien said. Malinowski could speak to the news station only in a whisper, say the burns also damaged her windpipe.

Butcher did not speak in court, and his lawyer, Robert Krapenc, declined to comment because he said that his client might face more charges in the case. Butcher previously told the news station he accidentally sparked the fire while trying to light a cigarette.

Malinowski said that she decided to the plea only if he had the face of an assassin on her death. She told the news station that in the future, she would push for stricter punishments in cases of arson that left victims burned or otherwise injured.

After Butcher plea, the judge found him guilty of aggravated arson, felonious assault and possession of criminal tools.

Supporters set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the woman of the treatment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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