Man sentenced to 20 years for shooting at George Zimmerman

Matthew Apperson and George Zimmerman (Photo Credit: Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Twitter/George Zimmerman)
Matthew Apperson and George Zimmerman (Photo credit: Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Twitter/George Zimmerman)

It seems when dealing with George Zimmerman, the system shows a twisted justice. Zimmerman is the notorious killer of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Since then, Zimmerman was allowed to walk free under Florida’s stand your ground law and was cheered on by racist supporters. He has been in and out of trouble with law enforcement from a domestic violence incident as well as a violent road rage encounter in May 2015.

Zimmerman was involved in a road rage incident with Matthew Apperson, 57, with whom he had several disputes. Apperson was convicted in September 2016 of attempted second-degree murder, as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault. He had testified that he shot in self-defense after Zimmerman flashed a gun at him during the road rage incident. There was a bullet hole in the passenger window of the vehicle Zimmerman was in and he walked to the ambulance normally, showing no significant injuries. The bullet missed his head but he was sprayed with glass from his windshield.

Apperson was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, which is the mandatory minimum sentence for shooting at another person with a gun. The sentencing of Apperson for what amounts to a life sentence is another convoluted twist in the tale of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has gotten away with killing a Black teen, allegedly beating his girlfriend, and most recently, got a hefty payday for selling the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin for an estimated $250K. He remains free despite his escapades and is perhaps one of the most hated men in America.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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