Drug dealer gets up to 40 years in prison for Rollinsford teacher's deathBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
December 15. 2017 12:10AM
BRENTWOOD — A Portsmouth drug dealer who continued to sell even after learning that the methadone pills she sold to a popular Rollinsford teacher had killed him will now spend 15 to 40 years in state prison.
Amy Matton, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to several drug charges, including one related to the death of 27-year-old Bryant Lausberg.
“Life will never be the same,” his tearful mother, Cheryl Lausberg, said as she spoke at Matton’s sentencing in Rockingham County Superior Court while pictures of her son and shirts made in his memory were shown to the judge. Lausberg then turned toward Matton, who didn’t speak and showed little emotion.
Bryant Lausberg was found dead inside a Dover apartment on May 29, 2016, after overdosing on methadone that he purchased from Matton in a public housing neighborhood in Portsmouth.
Lausberg was a health and physical education teacher at Rollinsford Grade School. He also coached baseball at various levels, including at Plymouth State University and Somersworth High School, and was a head coach of the Somersworth/Coe-Brown High School hockey team.
Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said Matton admitted that she learned Lausberg had died about two days after his death, but continued to sell drugs.
Matton also pleaded guilty to selling cocaine and intent to sell cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. She was sentenced as part of a negotiated plea.
Lausberg’s father, Tim, attempted to read a statement he wrote about his son’s death, but he was overcome. The statement was handed to someone else to read.
In the statement, Lausberg’s father described how his son had touched many lives. He was a teacher, coach, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, teammate and colleague.
He talked about the positive influence he had on many, but also reflected on the darker side of life. He said his son suffered from depression and he feels the methadone was his way of self-treating.
Cheryl Lausberg described him as a “remarkable son” who was buried on their wedding anniversary.
“She deserves to be in jail every day of her sentence,” she said of Matton.
Judge David Anderson said the case highlights the problems of the opioid crisis, but admitted that there was nothing he could say to ease the family’s pain.
“We see in this courthouse every day the fallout of this crisis,” he said.