A Michigan man was sentenced to 60 weekend days in jail on Thursday, Aug. 1, for poisoning his wife’s coffee.
Brian Kozlowski, 46, of Macomb County, Michigan, routinely put sleeping pills in his wife’s coffee throughout July 2018 after she filed for divorce, prosecutors said.
He pleaded no contest to charges of poisoning a drink in June, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years.
His now ex-wife, Therese Kozlowski, said she found out about the poisoning after she started feeling sick.
Therese put cameras in the kitchen of their home that caught Brian putting diphenhydramine, an antihistamine mainly used to treat allergies or for insomnia, into her coffee on multiple occasions.
“He put eight sleeping pills into that coffee pot every single day for weeks. An adult dosage according to the packaging is one. I was being hunted by a dangerous predator, but in this nightmare the predator was Brian,” Kozlowski told the court Thursday. “I believe this was attempted murder. Once Brian realized he lost me and there was no getting me to stay in this unhealthy marriage, his goal was to eliminate me.”
Prosecutors called the 60-day sentence “a slap in the face” and said they’re planning to appeal the decision.
“The Court seemed more focused on ensuring the defendant’s freedom & ability to work than the victim’s safety,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith tweeted. “It is troubling to think that someone who commits such a reckless crime, putting so many people at risk, walks away with just a slap on the wrist.”