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George Zimmerman Road-Rage Incident Ends in 20-Year Sentence

Matthew Apperson was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2016 10:48 AM CDT
Man Who Tried to Kill George Zimmerman Gets 20 Years
Matthew Apperson enters a Seminole County courtroom before the start of his trial on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 in Sanford, Fla.    (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – A Florida man who fired at George Zimmerman's vehicle during a road-rage confrontation has been sentenced to 20 years in prison; that's the minimum sentence mandated by the state. The Orlando Sentinel reports that at the sentencing hearing Monday morning, Zimmerman said 38-year-old Matthew Apperson showed no regard for human life during the May 2015 confrontation, and even seemed joyful because he mistakenly thought he'd killed Zimmerman.

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Zimmerman is the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of second-degree murder after fatally shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. Apperson was convicted by a Seminole County jury last month of attempted second-degree murder, armed aggravated assault, and shooting into a vehicle. Apperson testified at trial that he acted in self-defense after Zimmerman flashed a gun. Zimmerman disputed that. (Read more George Zimmerman stories.)

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