A Michigan man was recently given a surprisingly light prison sentence after being found guilty of repeatedly spiking his wife’s coffee with high doses of sleeping pills.
Therese Kozlowski filed for divorce from her husband, Brian, in June of 2018 but continued living in the same house. In fact, he even made coffee for her every day, which he used as an opportunity to feed her dangerous doses of diphenhydramine, an antihistamine mainly used to treat allergies and insomnia. Of course, Therese only found out after becoming suspicious and installing hidden cameras all over their house to see what Brian was up to. Shocking footage shows the man breaking up several tablets and dumping them in his wife’s coffee before swishing it around to make the drug melt faster.
Therese moved out and notified her divorce attorney about the grim discovery as soon as she saw the video of Brian mixing the pills with her coffee. Authorities were able to seize the last coffee he made for her and found that it contained 127 milliliters of diphenhydramine, about eight pills-worth.
Prosecutor Eric Smith sought the minimum sentence of 19 months instead of the maximum sentence of 15 years in jail, which Kozlowski would have probably been satisfied with, but he got an unexpected gift from the judge. Kozlowski was sentenced to five years probation and 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends. Obviously, the prosecution was not very happy with the verdict.
“You shouldn’t be able to commit a 15 year-felony by poisoning someone and only have to serve weekends,” Smith added. “It’s unbelievable to me.”