Oct 17 A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years
in prison on Monday, media reports said, for shooting at George
Zimmerman, who had shot and killed the unarmed black teenager
Trayvon Martin in 2012 in a case that garnered national
Matthew Apperson was convicted by a jury last month of
second-degree attempted murder for firing at Zimmerman, 33,
during a roadside confrontation in Lake Mary, Florida in May
A Sanford, Florida jury had acquitted Zimmerman, a former
neighborhood watchman, of murder in the fatal shooting of the
17-year-old Martin. The case sparked the Black Lives Matter
activist movement that campaigns against violence towards black
Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson in Seminole County called
Apperson "a danger to the community" as she handed down the
mandatory minimum sentence on Monday, ABC-affiliate WFTV 9 said.
Apperson also was sentenced for convictions of shooting into
an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm
stemming from the altercation with Zimmerman, who sustained
minor injuries from shattered glass.
During his trial, Apperson testified that the shooting was
in self defense. Zimmerman testified it was unprovoked and that
he and Apperson had been involved in another roadside
altercation in September 2014, in which Apperson had accused him
of being in the wrong over the shooting death of Martin.
Zimmerman had claimed to have acted in self-defense when he
shot Martin, a high school student who was walking through the
community after stopping at a convenience store.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and