The man who shot at George Zimmerman’s car during a road rage incident in May last year has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The 38-year-old Matthew Apeperson was charged with attempted second degree murder, armed aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle.
The incident occured in Lake Mary, Florida on May 11 2015.
Zimmerman testified that Apperson followed him, flashing his lights and honking his horn, he then pulled up beside Zimmerman and shot at him.
He said that even though the bullet missed, he was cut by glass from a shattered window. However, Apperson gave a different account, saying he acted in self-defense and that Zimmerman had threatened to kill him.
Before the judge handed down the sentence, Apperson’s wife, Lisa Apperson, asked the judge to throw out the charges as according to her, that local authorities had “given George Zimmerman a golden ticket to go out and do whatever he wants to do.”
Ironically, George Zimmerman was acquitted of a second degree murder charge in 2013 after an incident in 2012 where he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
The case prompted national debates about the use of firearms for self-defense, as well as race issues.
Defense attorney Michael LaFay asked the Judge to free Apperson, a paralegal, while he filed an appeal but she refused citing the fact that Apperson fired a gun at someone in a moving vehicle on a busy Lake Mary Boulevard. That was a threat to public safety, she said.