Family member of teen who died from taking N-bomb discusses dealer’s sentencing

Abby Armbruster

First Posted: July 23, 2015 - 8:25 pm
Last Updated: July 23, 2015 - 8:25 pm

For the first time in more than a year, a mother woke up in the middle of the night thinking about someone other than her teenage son and the hours surrounding his death after taking a hallucinogenic drug.

Instead, she thought about the young man who police said sold him the drugs and him spending the first night of a 1½-year sentence in prison.

In the months since 16-year-old Samuel Motsay died, the three men who police said sold him the drug have faced their own consequences.

After Motsay was found dead in a Center Grove area home, police found the teen and two others had taken a synthetic drug called 25I NBOMe, or N-bomb.

They then tracked the drug back through Motsay’s cellphone messages and found that the teens got the drugs from Kyle Hazzard and Jordan Adamowicz,

police said. Investigators found the drug came from the Indianapolis home of Zachary Catron, who purchased the drug from another country through the Internet, police said.

Adamowicz was charged with possession of a controlled substance, dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike substance and possession of paraphernalia. Hazzard was charged with dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike. And Catron was charged with 14 counts, including dealing narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and dealing a controlled substance.

Hazzard, 24, died this month, according to the Marion County Coroner’s Office. The office is waiting for lab test results to determine how he died.

Catron pleaded guilty to three of his 14 charges — dealing a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a handgun and dealing a controlled substance — and is facing at least 20 years in prison, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Rick Frank said.

Adamowicz, 20, 1539 Creekside Lane, Greenwood, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced this week.

A Johnson County judge sentenced Adamowicz to one year and 180 days in prison, two years on probation and one year of house arrest.

Jeanine Motsay, Sam’s mother, read a victim-impact statement during the sentencing, which included what Sam Motsay had planned for his future with a career of finance.

“I feel that there is justice for Sam,” Motsay said. “I’ve come to terms that it wasn’t going to be a lengthy amount of time, and I hope this will give him an opportunity to take another path.”

After the sentencing, Motsay said, she woke up that night thinking about Adamowicz adjusting to his surroundings in a prison cell. Often, when she wakes up overnight, she thinks of her son and avoids looking at the clock. She knows if she does, she will spend the time thinking about what her son was doing around that time the night he died.

“Is that comfort and peace? I don’t think so,” Motsay said. “But it’s different. I don’t know where it will go from there.”

Adamowicz has the opportunity to become sober and be a contributing member of society after he serves his sentence, she said. In the meantime, she added, she is happy that Adamowicz does not have the opportunity to give drugs to other teens, like her son.

Catron will be sentenced in Marion County next month, and Motsay plans to attend and read a victim-impact statement to Catron. He also has a sentencing hearing in Johnson County on drug dealing charges scheduled for later this year, which could add more jail or prison time to his charges in Marion County.