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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix-area man was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison and three years' probation for selling marijuana, but he won't be charged in the deaths of two Scottsdale teenagers who overdosed on synthetic drugs he allegedly sold.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Edden Bell would likely have only faced probation if relatives of the teenage boys hadn't brought their deaths to the attention of prosecutors.

He also said prosecutors were unable to prove Bell had caused the teen's deaths.

Bell, 20, was arrested in May in connection with selling marijuana, using electronic communication in a drug-related transaction and money laundering.

Last January, Bell allegedly sold synthetic LSD to two teens who dropped the liquid down their noses and later died.

Authorities said one 18-year-old high school senior died in January before he could receive medical attention while the other 18-year-old died last April, a day after he took the drug known as ``N-Bomb'' at a party.

Prosecutors said Bell entered a plea bargain in which they agreed to not file charges related to the deaths in exchange for a prison sentence and probation for the marijuana charge.

Rick Wilcoxson, whose stepson was one of the teens who died, called Bell's plea deal outrageous.

``I think it's unfathomable to me that the deaths of these two boys could be used to get more time on a drug case,'' he said.

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