NH Woman Sentenced to 15 to 40 Years in Prison for Drug Death of Beloved Dover Teacher
DOVER — A woman pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to 15-40 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for selling methadone, which caused the death of Bryant Lausberg in May 2016.
Amy Matton, 37, of Portsmouth, appeared in Rockingham County Superior Court for the plea hearing Thursday. She also received additional concurrent and consecutive sentences for subsequent sales and possession with intent to sell cocaine, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, methadone and morphine to additional people.
On Sunday, May 29, 2016, Lausberg, 27, sent Matton a text asking to buy methadone pills. He drove to Portsmouth around 2 p.m., walked into her apartment, and minutes later he walked out with six methadone pills.
About three hours later, Bryant’s girlfriend, Kaylee Donovan, found him unresponsive in his Fifth Street home in Dover. He was later pronounced dead.
Bryant’s phone records, Matton’s phone records, video surveillance, and Matton’s own statements confirmed that it was Matton who sold the methadone that resulted in Lausberg’s death. Additionally, the investigation revealed that Matton continued to sell illicit narcotics after becoming aware that the sale resulted in Lausberg’s death.
The Dover community was devastated over the death of the beloved teacher and coach.
Lausberg was a physical education teacher at the Rollinsford Grade School. He graduated from Somersworth High School and coached the Somersworth/Coe-Brown cooperative ice hockey team and the Marshwood High School baseball team in South Berwick, Maine. He played baseball for Plymouth State University for three years.
In late May 2016, Donovan told NH1 News that she believes Lausberg died of a broken heart after the school district did not allow him to coach because of a recent DWI.
This successful investigation and prosecution came about from a joint investigation and collaboration by the Dover Police Department, the Portsmouth Police Department, the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the New Hampshire Department of Justice’s Drug Prosecution Unit.