Michael Bargo was given the death penalty by Circuit Judge David Eddy, following the same recommendation from a jury in August.
Bargo was 18 when he was charged with beating and shooting 15-year-old Seath Jackson to death and burning his body in a fire pit.
Jackson’s remains – ashes and bone fragments – were then dumped in 5-gallon paint buckets and hidden, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office records.
The killing was a brutal one. Jackson was lured by his girlfriend to a home in the Marion County community of Summerfield, where Bargo and two other attackers began hitting him with pieces of wood. Bargo shot him several times with a .22-caliber revolver, but Jackson managed to make an escape attempt, and he was tackled and shot again.
The killers placed his body in a bathtub, intending to break his knees so he would better fit into a bag only to discover that he was still alive, so Bargo shot him again.
Jackson’s body was then burned in a backyard fire pit, and the killers used a shovel to scoop up his remains and place them into paint buckets.
A jury found Bargo guilty of first-degree murder in August and recommended the death penalty.
Bargo argued that he was mentally ill.
He joins David Sparre and Terrance Phillips, both of Duval County, as the youngest inmates on Florida’s death row.
Sparre, 22, killed 21-year-old Navy wife Tiara Pool, whom he met through a personal ad on Craigslist. After having sex with her in 2010, the then-19-year-old stabbed the woman to death.
Phillips, 22, was convicted in 2012 of fatally shooting two men on Christmas Eve 2009, a crime in which he conspired with co-defendants to ambush and rob the victims. He was 18 at the time.
Sparre’s lawyers are asking the Florida Supreme Court to throw out his sentence because no evidence was presented in court about the man’s mental health.
That is because Sparre instructed his attorneys not to mount a defense.