Ohio man who set girlfriend on fire convicted; gets 11 years


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of throwing gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire behind an Ohio gas station has been convicted of aggravated arson and other charges after pleading no contest and has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A statement from Franklin County’s prosecutor says Michael Slager entered the plea Monday in Columbus. A judge then found the 41-year-old Gahanna man guilty of aggravated arson, felonious assault and possession of criminal tools.

Slager didn’t speak in court, and his attorney, Robert Krapenc (KRAY’-pens), declined to comment because he says Slager potentially could face more charges in the case.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Slager received the maximum sentence for the August 2015 attack on Judy Malinowski.

O’Brien says the 33-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.