Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Shooting at George Zimmerman

Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel via AP
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A Florida man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman’s car last year was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison, ending a trial that again put Mr. Zimmerman, who was cleared of the 2012 killing of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, back in the spotlight.

A jury last month found the man, Matthew Apperson, guilty of attempted-second-degree murder and two other charges after he fired into Mr. Zimmerman’s car on May 11, 2015, in Lake Mary, Fla., a small town near Orlando, according to a charging document filed by state attorneys in Seminole County.

The 20-year sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson was the mandated minimum, said Lynne Bumpus-Hooper, a spokeswoman for the state attorney’s office in Seminole County. Mr. Apperson received 15 years for each of the two other charges – shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm – but they will run concurrently, she added.


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