George Zimmerman testifying in Apperson’s trial.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, October 17, 2016, 11:06 AM
The Florida man who fired a gunshot at perpetual menace George Zimmerman was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for attempted murder.
Matthew Apperson, 37, had testified that he shot in self-defense during a road rage incident with ZImmerman last year. He said Zimmerman’s intimidating reputation — especially for his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin — made him fear for his life.
But a Seminole County jury convicted Apperson last month of attempted second-degree murder, as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault.
Zimmerman and Apperson both accused each other of beginning a confrontation and car chase in May 2015.
Zimmerman testfied that Apperson was shooting to kill without provocation. He said Apperson appeared to be glad when he believed his shot hit and killed Zimmerman, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Matthew Apperson sits in a Seminole County courtroom Tuesday, Sept. 13th.
Twenty years is Florida’s mandatory minimum sentence for shooting at another person with a gun.
But Zimmerman infamously walked free after shooting and killing Martin, an unarmed black teenager, after a scuffle in 2012. Zimmerman, who was a volunteer neighborhood watchman at the time, claimed self-defense and was acquitted.