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Man who fired gunshot at George Zimmerman sentenced to 20 years

The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman was found guilty by a jury on September 16th. Today, the jury sentenced 38-year-old Matthew Apperson to 20 years in prison. In 2015, Apperson was involved in a road rage incident with Zimmerman. Apperson claims Zimmerman's intimidating reputation made him fear for his life during the incident.

George Zimmerman killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, which he claims was out of fear. When Zimmerman recalled the events that took place in this incident with Apperson, he stated that Apperson shot him with "no provocation."

In court, Prosecutor Stewart Stone stated his case against Apperson. "There is nothing that Mr. Apperson did in his encounter with George Zimmerman on May 11, 2015, along Lake Mary Boulevard that was reasonable, prudent or cautious," he said. The judge agreed. He sentenced Apperson to 20 years, the mandatory minimum in a state that allowed Zimmerman to walk free.

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