MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A judge on Thursday agreed with a second jury's capital punishment recommendation and resentence Michael Bargo to death for his conviction in the slaying of a 15-year-old Marion County boy.
Bargo, now 27, was first sentenced to death in 2013 for the 2011 killing of Seath Jackson. The original jury reached the recommendation for death in a 10-2 vote but in 2016, the Florida Supreme Court ruled juries must be unanimous in recommending the death penalty. As a result, the court ordered resentencing for people on death row who did not receive a unanimous jury recommendation.
During Bargo's resentencing in April a jury unanimously recommended the death sentence. On Thursday, the judge officially handed down Bargo's death sentence.
In 2011, Bargo and four friends lured Jackson to a home in Summerfield, where Bargo shot the 15-year-old multiple times. The group then burned the body in a fire pit and disposed of the ashes by putting them in buckets and dumping them in a quarry.
Bargo's four co-defendants were each convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
During the resentencing, the state detailed the crime and Bargo's role in it. The prosecution called the crime cold, calculated and premeditated, and asked the jury to recommend the death penalty.
The defense went through Bargo's history of family problems and mental illness. Bargo's attorney said those factors played a role in his decision-making, and she asked the jury to recommend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Both the state and the defense called several witnesses before a jury recommended death for Bargo.
Bargo was returned to the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections after the new sentencing.
Bargo is the youngest person on Florida's death row.