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A Minnesota teen was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for causing a traffic crash in St. Croix County that killed two people last June.

In February Austin Pederson, 18, Stillwater, Minn., pleaded guilty in St. Croix County Court to two counts of negligent homicide. Three other charges were dropped in a plea bargain.

Pederson used to live in Somerset.

Authorities said he was driving up to 84 mph in a 55 mph zone when he lost control of his car around a curve. The car went into a ditch and rolled over several times June 1, 2009, in the Town of Star Prairie.

Daishonna Payne, 17, a student at Somerset High School, was killed along with Alan Alwin, 26, Somerset. Pederson and another passenger were injured.

Officers said Pederson had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system about two hours after the crash.

Apart from the prison term, Pederson must also spend eight years under extended supervision when his prison time is done.