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George Zimmerman: Road Rage Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years

George Zimmerman: Road Rage Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years

George Zimmerman looks at the jury as he testifies during the road rage trial of Matthew Apperson in a Seminole County courtroom Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

By    |   Monday, 17 October 2016 05:14 PM

A case involving George Zimmerman ended when Matthew Apperson was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at  Zimmerman during a 2015 road rage incident near Zimmerman’s home in Lake Mary, Florida.

During the trial, Zimmerman claimed that Apperson followed him while honking his horn and flashing his lights. After pulling up beside him, Apperson shot at Zimmerman. The bullet missed, but Zimmerman was cut by glass when the window shattered, according to CNN.

Apperson claimed that Zimmerman threatened him and that he was acting in self-defense. The two had reportedly had another road rage incident in 2014, according to TMZ.

Zimmerman became a controversial figure in 2012 after shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin to death. Trayvon was later found to be unarmed. Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in 2013, but his trial was highly publicized and led to a national discussion about how firearms should be used for self-defense and also about race relations, partially influencing the formation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Zimmerman continued to draw public outrage for retweeting an image of Martin’s body in 2015 and for auctioning off the pistol he used to shoot Martin earlier this year. Zimmerman also said that Martin’s parents didn’t raise him right.

Apperson was also convicted of aggravated assault in the same incident against Zimmerman and will serve a 15-year concurrent sentence for that charge, according to Seminole County State Attorney spokeswoman Lynne Bumpus-Hooper. A police report stated during the trial that Apperson had a fixation with Zimmerman, according to ABC News.

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A case involving George Zimmerman ended when Matthew Apperson was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at Zimmerman during a 2015 road rage incident near Zimmerman's home in Lake Mary, Florida.
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