Michael Bargo sentenced to death in Marion Co. teen's slaying

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Updated: 12/13/2013 2:51 pm
MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- An Ocala man is heading to death row for his part in the slaying of 15-year-old Seath Jackson.

During a 10-minute hearing on Friday, Circuit Judge David Eddy read the sentence that sends 21-year-old Michael Shane Bargo to death row. He was the last of five defendants to be sentenced in the April 2011 murder of Jackson in Summerfield, near Ocala.

"It is the judgment of the law and the sentence of the court, for the premeditated murder of Seath Jackson, you Michael Shane Bargo are sentenced to death," Eddy said.

Prosecutors said Jackson was lured to the home where he was beaten, shot and tortured before his body was burned in a backyard fire pit. The teen's remains were then placed into three paint buckets and dumped into a limerock pit.

In August, Bargo was convicted for his role in Jackson's murder.

A jury had already recommended the death penalty by an overwhelming majority.

"By a vote of 10 to 2, we the jury recommend the court that it impose the death penalty."

His co-defendants are serving life sentences.

During a hearing last month, Bargo took the stand and maintained his innocence, telling the judge he doesn't deserve to die.

"I don't want to die, man. I really don't. I was 18-years-old man (throws hands up)," said Bargo.

Bargo is the youngest person on death row.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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