Man who shot at George Zimmerman sentenced to 20 years

18 October, 2016, 00:58 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • The man accused of trying to shoot and kill George Zimmerman took the witness stand Thursday telling the jury he was scared to death he would be shot and killed by Zimmerman

The man who shot at George Zimmerman in May of 2015 has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Zimmerman said in testimony that Apperson drove alongside him in May 2015 and shot at him, shattering a auto window.

Last month, Apperson, 38, was convicted by a Seminole County, Florida, jury of attempted second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson gave Matthew Apperson the mandatory minimum sentence for his convictions.

But some commenters asked why Zimmerman, whose trial for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin made national headlines in 2012, had succeeded in having his attacker sentenced while he walked free in his own trial. Apperson alleged in September 2014 that Zimmerman threatened him in a road-rage encounter but did not press charges at the time.

He has since incessantly bragged about killing the teen, and even auctioned the gun he used in the fatal confrontation, supposedly for US$250,00. Zimmerman wasn't prosecuted in this incident.

"I looked at my phone and I said, 'You've got to be kidding, '" she told The News.


"I shot George Zimmerman, call 911".

The bullet shattered the passenger-side window of Zimmerman's truck and lodged in the frame above his window.

Upset he was sentenced to 20 years, Apperson's wife and mother hope to win on appeal. Apperson's wife said her husband didn't get a fair trial.

In court today, Zimmerman said Apperson showed no regard for human life that day and joyful because he mistakenly thought he'd killed Zimmerman.

Matthew Apperson and Zimmerman each accused the other of beginning a confrontation and auto chase in May 2015. "It was the second confrontation between the two". Apperson said he was shooting in self defense after Zimmerman brandished a weapon, but Zimmerman denied that and said he did nothing to provoke the attack, Business Insiderreported.

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