A mother-of-three who filed for divorce set up hidden cameras in her kitchen after she suspected her then-husband of poisoning her – and despite him admitting it, he will only spend 60 days in prison and he will only serve that time on the weekends.
Therese Kozlowski said she became suspicious of Brian Kozlowski after she started feeling tired, nauseated and bleary-eyed every time he made her morning coffee while they still shared a home in Macomb Township.
The woman set the cameras up in her kitchen sometime after filing for divorce in May 2018. By July 2018, she captured her husband of 22 years repeatedly spiking her coffee with antihistamine medication.
Under a plea deal, Kozlowski agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of poisoning instead of going to trial where, if convicted, he could have faced up to 15 years in prison.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 60 days in prison – which he will only serve on the weekends – and five years’ probation.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said he would appeal the sentence as it was substantially below the sentencing guidelines for the offence which indicated a guilty defendant should spend a minimum of 19 to 38 months in prison.
It’s not clear why Kozlowski was given a lenient sentence, or why it will only be served on the weekends.
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Brian Kozlowski, 46 (left and right), was sentenced on Thursday in Michigan (seen in court left), to 60 weekend days in prison and five years of probation for poisoning his wife (right)
Kozlowski earlier pleaded guilty to s felony poisoning charge after his wife caught his spiking her morning coffee with Benadryl
Smith called the actions ‘despicable’.
‘We are all thankful this sneak attack didn’t cause the victim to fall asleep behind the wheel on her way to work killing herself and/or innocent drivers.’
When given a chance to speak at his sentencing, Therese Kozlowski delivered an emotional impact statement, detailing how she almost fell asleep behind the wheel one morning after drinking her husband’s tainted coffee.
According to the prosecutor, in July 2018, Kozlowski’s estranged wife noticed that she felt tired, nauseated and was experiencing blurred vision soon after drinking coffee on the days that her husband prepared the beverage for her.
In May of the same year, the woman had filed for divorce from Kozlowski after 22 years of marriage. The couple have three children together, reported WXYZ.
Therese spouse became suspicious of his actions and installed hidden cameras in their kitchen, which caught her husband on multiple occasions spiking her morning Joe with an antihistamine drug called Diphenhydramine.
Kozlowski’s ex-wife, Therese, delivered a tearful victim impact statement, describing her ordeal
Diphenhydramine is the main component in the popular allergy medicine Benadryl.
After reviewing the videos, the woman contacted her divorce attorney and immediately moved out of the family house. She survived.
The last contaminated coffee that Kozlowski had brewed for the victim was analyzed and was found to contain 127 milliliters of Diphenhydramine.
A recommended dosage of the drug for adults is between 25-50mg.
Kozlowski was busted after his wife noticed that she felt tired, nauseated and was experiencing blurred vision soon after drinking coffee prepared by him
Therese also recounted the first time she witnessed her husband mixing the drug into her coffee.
‘I felt a horrible coldness in the air, as if I was hunted by a dangerous predator, but in this nightmare, the predator was Brian,’ she said. ‘I felt to my knees and cried.’
Kozlowski, dressed in a blue button-down shirt and tie, stood stone-faced at the defense table, only occasionally shutting his eyes as his wife described how on one occasion, their daughter accidentally ingested the poisoned coffee and nearly fell asleep at the wheel on her way to work.