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By the numbers: Florida’s death penalty

Florida has a long history of executions after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Serial killer Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in the 1984 murder of Michelle Simms in Hillsborough County.

Long would be the first death row inmate executed since Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in January. But Florida has a long history of executions after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, following a four-year hiatus stemming from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at the death penalty in Florida, according to information from the state Department of Corrections:

• 27: Age of youngest death row inmate, Michael Shane Bargo Jr., who was convicted in a 2011 murder in Marion County.

In April 2011, prosecutors say, Bargo — along with co-defendants Amber Wright, Kyle Hooper, Charlie Ely and Justin Soto — lured Seath Jackson, 15, to a Summerfield home where they beat, shot and tortured him, then burned his body. His remains were placed into paint buckets and dropped into a water-filled quarry. Authorities say Bargo was the ringleader. He was convicted in August 2013 and sentenced to death row.

The Florida Supreme Court in 2017 granted Bargo resentencing because the jury recommendation for death was 10-2. The jury vote for death now must be unanimous; otherwise, like his co-defendants, Bargo would be sentenced to life in prison. He was 18 at the time of the murder. His resentencing trial was held in Ocala in April and the jury unanimously recommended he be put to death. The sentencing phase has not yet taken place.

The next youngest death row inmate is David Sparre, 27, who was convicted in a Duval County case.

• 1924: The year Frank Johnson became the first inmate executed in the state’s electric chair. A 2000 law allowed the use of lethal injection.

• 2: The number of prisons where men on death row are housed. They are Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution.

• 1: The number of prisons where women on death row are housed. They are held at the Lowell Annex, north of Ocala.

• 97: Number of executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. The first execution after reinstatement was of John Spenkelink in 1979.

• 28: Number of inmates executed under former Gov. Rick Scott, the most of any Governor since the death penalty was reinstated.

• 8: Largest number of executions in a year since the death penalty was reinstated. That occurred in 1984 and 2014.

• 0: The number of executions that occurred in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 2007.

• 44.9: Average age of inmates executed.

• 341: Number of death row inmates as of Monday.

• 202: Number of white males on death row.

• 127: Number of black males on death row.

• 9: Number of male death row inmates classified as “other.”

• 1: Number of white females on death row.

• 2: Number of black females on death row.

• 80: Age of oldest death row inmate, Nelson Serrano, who was convicted of murdering four people in 1997 in Polk County. Next oldest is William Kelley, 76, who was convicted in a Highlands County case.

• 7: The number of life sentences Bobby Joe Long is serving for murders, along with the death sentence in the murder of Michelle Simms.

• 150: The amount in dollars paid to the executioner, who is allowed to remain anonymous under state law.

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Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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