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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bay City Man Sentenced To 22 Years In Federal Prison

Joshua Edmond Klosowski, 27, of Bay City, Michigan, was sentenced to a 262 month prison sentence by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington yesterday in federal court in Bay City, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. 

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Klosowski had previously pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking conspiracy charge pursuant to a plea agreement.  The plea agreement allowed Klosowski to avoid a potential life sentence.  The 21-plus year custodial sentence was based on Klosowski’s extensive criminal history and a variety of factors taken into consideration as part of his current offense conduct.

Part of the factual basis for his guilty plea, Klosowski acknowledged that he resumed trafficking in drugs immediately upon his release from state custody in 2010 for earlier drug convictions.  While still on parole for those prior offenses, Klosowski traveled to Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw to buy heroin, then returned to Bay City to sell the heroin to several customers in the Bay County area.

Klosowski was arrested on May 7, 2012, after having made a heroin purchase for himself and a customer in Saginaw, Michigan.  At the time of his arrest, Klosowski was preparing to inject himself with heroin while behind the wheel of a vehicle occupied by his 10-month old son.  Klosowski later admitted that he had trafficked in approximately a kilogram of heroin between his release from custody in 2010 and that May 7, 2012 arrest.

During his sentencing hearing, Klosowski told the court that his drug addiction led him to and kept him involved in drug trafficking.  Judge Ludington noted that Klosowski had been convicted six times over a period of a few years, but had not completed any of the court-ordered drug treatment programs that had been made available to Klosowski as a result of those convictions.  The judge observed that Klosowski’s addiction victimized not just the defendant, but so clouded Klosowski’s judgment that everyone else became disposable to the defendant, even his own son.  Judge Ludington concluded the sentencing hearing by telling Klosowski that, given his current age, he will have a life to live after serving his lengthy sentence and recommending to Klosowski that he use the time in custody to prepare himself to make the best use of the life that will follow his release from custody.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Mid-Michigan Safe Streets Task Force embedded in the FBI field office located in Bay City, Michigan.  The public was represented in court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bay City, Michigan.

Updated March 19, 2015