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Ex-girlfriend gets life in prison for murder of Marion deputy

A 24-year-old woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after pleading guilty to the 2022 fatal shooting of her ex-boyfriend, who worked as a Marion County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy.

On Friday, State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit William “Bill” Gladson announced that Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and armed residential burglary in connection with the death of 31-year-old Cory Schweitzer.

Shortly after hearing Johnson-Cabrera’s plea, Schweitzer’s sister delivered a victim impact statement before the court, which detailed how Johnson-Cabrera’s actions will forever impact the victim’s family.

A Citrus County judge then sentenced Johnson-Cabrera to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday to the 2022 murder of a Marion County Detention Deputy. Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday to the 2022 murder of her ex-boyfriend, who was a Marion County Detention Deputy. (Photo: State Attorney's Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit)
Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday to the 2022 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Cory Schweitzer, who was a Marion County Detention Deputy. (Photo: State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit)

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on August 19, 2022, the communication center received a call in reference to a potential suicide that had occurred at a residence located in Pine Ridge.

An off-duty MCSO detention deputy, identified as Schweitzer, was not breathing and had an apparent gunshot wound. When first responders arrived at the residence, Schweitzer was pronounced deceased.

CCSO Major Crimes detectives responded to the residence to investigate the fatal shooting, and they began gathering preliminary information at the scene. As additional evidence was uncovered, collected, and analyzed, the sheriff’s office stated that it became “very clear” to detectives that Schweitzer had been murdered.

After additional investigative work by the detectives and a thorough evaluation of the forensic evidence that was gathered at the scene, a warrant was secured for the arrest of Johnson-Cabrera, who was a former girlfriend of the victim.

Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera
Jacqueline Jasmin Johnson-Cabrera

On August 24, 2022, Johnson-Cabrera was arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods stated that with a broken heart, he had to “inform his employees about the loss of their brother, Detention Deputy Cory Schweitzer.”

Sheriff Woods said that Schweitzer “left his mark on the hearts of everyone he worked with.”

Schweitzer’s career with MCSO began in March of 2019, and he joined the Detention Response Team in 2020. In June of 2021, he was named the Employee of the Month.

Cory Schweitzer was beloved by his coworkers and friends. (Photo: Facebook)
Cory Schweitzer was beloved by his coworkers and friends. (Photo: Facebook)

In the 22 months since his passing, Schweitzer’s coworkers and friends have regularly shared photos and memories of the late deputy across social media. They speak fondly of his character, loyalty, and dedication to bettering others and himself.