Michael Bargo was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the murder of Seath Jackson. According to court documents Michael Bargo and his girlfriend Amber Wright planned the murder of fifteen year old Seath Jackson. Seath was lured over to the home of Charlie Ely where he would be beaten, tortured, shot and set on fire. Michael Bargo would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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|Name:||BARGO, MICHAEL S JR|
|Initial Receipt Date:||12/16/2013|
|Current Facility:||UNION C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||PENDING|
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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
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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a death sentence in the high-profile murder of a 15-year-old boy in 2011 in Marion County.
Justices, in a 6-1 decision, rejected an appeal by Michael Shane Bargo, who was convicted in the murder of Seath Jackson.
The victim was lured to a home and then attacked by Bargo and co-defendants, before being fatally shot by Bargo, according to the Supreme Court opinion. Jackson’s body was burned, with the ashes disposed in a water-filled rock quarry.
After Bargo was convicted, a jury voted 10-2 to recommend that he should face the death penalty. A circuit judge sentenced him to death, but the Supreme Court later ordered a new sentencing hearing because the jury recommendation was not unanimous.
During the resentencing, a jury unanimously recommended a death sentence, which was imposed. In the appeal, Bargo’s attorney raised a series of issues, including that a circuit judge had not appropriately considered “mitigating” factors involving Bargo having mental conditions.
But the Supreme Court majority, made up of Chief Justice Charles Canady and Justices Ricky Polston, Alan Lawson, Carlos Muniz, John Couriel and Jamie Grosshans, rejected the arguments.
Justice Jorge Labarga dissented, writing that the court should have conducted what is known as a “comparative proportionality review” that analyzes aggravating and mitigating factors in the case, Bargo, now 29, is an inmate at Union Correctional Institution, according to the state Department of Corrections website.