A man has received minimal prison time after allegedly giving two Valley teens a deadly dose of a synthetic drug.
Thanks to a plea deal with the county attorney, Edden Bell, 21, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison and three years of probation on unrelated drug charges.
Rick Wilcoxson will never forget the call he got in the middle of the night on April 20, 2013.
His stepson, 18-year-old Anthony Carlson, was in critical condition in the ER.
"That call came in the middle of the night that no parent wants to get, and you dread," said Wilcoxson. "It was disbelief."
Carlson, a straight "A" student on academic scholarship at ASU, died from an apparent drug overdose.
Wilcoxson said his stepson was at a party, and had tried what he thought was acid. As it turns out, it was a synthetic form of acid called N-Bomb.
Wilcoxson said a man named Edden Bell delivered the deadly dose of N-Bomb to both teens.
In January of 2013, 18-year-old Noah Carrasco, a Saguaro High School senior, died after using the same drug.
"When police got there we told them the name Edden Bell," Wilcoxson said. "They said they knew of his name. They had been associated with him and that they would get to the bottom of it."
But Bell was never charged in those deaths.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says investigators were unable to prove Bell had caused the teen's deaths.
"We're never going to see a homicide case against him for those two deaths," Montgomery said. "That's just never going to happen. We're never going to be able to get the necessary information to bring a successful prosecution."
Wilcoxson is furious. "I think it's outrageous," he said. "I think that it's unfathomable to me that the deaths of these two boys could be used to get more time on a drug case. Certainly without any conversation with us."
Wilcoxson said not only did Bell give the teens those drugs, he didn't call 911 or get his son immediate medical attention, and neither did his friends.
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