Man sentenced in road rage shooting involving George Zimmerman
- Author: Marlene Weaver Oct 18, 2016,
Oct 18, 2016, 0:28
George Apperson, the man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman in a road rage incident, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Apperson was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, which is the mandatory minimum sentence for shooting at another person with a gun. The jury rejected Apperson's claim that he had shot Zimmerman in self-defense, following a 2015 road rage incident. Zimmerman wasn't shot, but escaped the incident with a few cuts from the shattered window.
In 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.
Apperson's attorney requested that his client be released on bond while he awaits the outcome of an appeal.
Despite the jury verdict, the newspaper reports Apperson's family members remain convinced he acted in self defense.
Apperson apparently stalked Zimmerman and then tried to murder him in a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting.
"We will hold our collective breaths to see what outrageous acts he (Zimmerman) performs next", White said.
"I shot George Zimmerman, call 911".
Prosecutors argued Matthew Apperson, 38, opened fire on Zimmerman while they both drove down a busy street in Seminole County past year.
Lisa Apperson, the wife of Matthew Apperson, accused witnesses of lying and called his sentencing an "injustice", according to TV station WFTV. FBI investigators interviewed Apperson about Zimmerman, which he claims intensified his fear of Martin's killer.
He also said that Apperson "joyfully bragged" that he had killed Zimmerman that day. That was a threat to public safety.
Zimmerman has been back in the news several times since, including in May when he tried to auction off the gun he used to kill Martin.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, his wife, Lisa Apperson, stood in front of the judge and said that Seminole County authorities have 'given George Zimmerman a golden ticket to go out and do whatever he wants to do'.