OCALA, Fla. - A jury in Marion County has recommended the death penalty for Michael Bargo, the man convicted of murdering and dismembering a teenager in Marion County.
Bargo, 21, is one of five people charged in the April 2011 shooting death of 15-year-old Seath Jackson. He was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month.
The jury reached the recommendation for the death penalty in a 10 to 2 vote. The judge will ultimately decide Bargo's sentence after a hearing next month where Bargo will have another chance to convince the judge to spare his life.
If the judge follows the jury recommendation, Bargo, who is 21 years old, will become the youngest person on Florida's death row. The next person is 22 years old.
Bargo had no visible reaction when the death recommendation was read but several of his family members began to cry in the courtroom.
The jury also could have sentenced Bargo to life in prison. Four others were convicted in the case and sentenced to life in prison.
The judge sentenced Bargo to 5 years in prison on previous burglary and grand theft charges Tuesday afternoon and said there wasn't a decision on Bargo's first-degree murder sentence. Bargo will get credit for the 2.3 years of time already served.
In 2011, Bargo and four friends lured Seath 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 paint cans and dumping them in a quarry.
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