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Bargo: God have mercy on my soul

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Even after being sentenced to death, convicted murderer Michael Bargo maintained he was innocent of the 2011 death of Seath Jackson.

"First of all I didn't kill him and second of all I met this dude like twice in my life," Bargo told FOX 35 in an exclusive interview on the afternoon he was sentenced.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge David Eddy said the killing that Bargo plotted and carried out was "the most cold, calculated and premeditated case of murder I have ever seen."

A jury recommended death for Bargo after prosecutors convinced them that Bargo plotted to lure Jackson to a home, beat him, kill him and burn his body in a bonfire. The remains were then scooped into paint cans and dumped in a quarry. 

Four others have been convicted in the death, but Bargo is believed to have fired the shot to the face that killed Jackson. 

Bargo called the evidence and testimony that helped to convict him "so many lies, it was beyond ridiculous."

"Nobody wanted to hear, and nobody wanted to sit there and tell the truth," Bargo continued.

The death sentence makes the 21-year-old the youngest person on Florida's death row.

Bargo showed little emotion in the jailhouse interview andnone as the judge read the sentence.

"I remember Grandma crying in the back.  I still don't know what I feel," he said.

Bargo said he's sorry for the situation that has affected his family and the Jackson family.

"I feel bad for the victim's family," he said.

The death sentence will automatically be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.

Bargo is expected to be transferred from the Marion County Jail to death row in about a week.

When asked if he had anything to add to the interview, Bargo said: "God have mercy on my soul."

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