Man gets 20 years for shooting at George Zimmerman’s vehicle

George Zimmerman
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 file photo,George Zimmerman gestures during his testimony at a hearing for accused shooter Matthew Apperson in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. George Zimmerman is officially divorced. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Seminole County judge signed the divorce order Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 ending his marriage to Shellie Zimmerman. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – A Florida man who fired at George Zimmerman’s vehicle during a road-rage confrontation has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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.

Defendant Matthew Apperson reacts to testimony from George Zimmerman during Apperson's hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Apperson is charged with attempted murder of Zimmerman for shooting into Zimmerman's vehicle in May, 2015. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)
Defendant Matthew Apperson reacts to testimony from George Zimmerman during Apperson’s hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Apperson is charged with attempted murder of Zimmerman for shooting into Zimmerman’s vehicle in May, 2015. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

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.

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