During a road rage incident in May 2015, Matthew Apperson, 37, fired a gunshot at George Zimmerman. The two men accused each other of instigating the altercation and the car chase that ensued. Mr. Apperson stated he shot at Zimmerman in self-defense because of Zimmerman’s reputation for being a public menace.
Mr. Apperson was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for attempted murder. A jury in Seminole County, Florida, convicted Matthew Apperson in September of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault for shooting into an occupied vehicle. The 20-year prison sentence is a mandatory minimum sentence in Florida for shooting at another person. Matthew Apperson’s wife, Lisa said “I am disgusted that our justice system has become so unjust. He (Zimmerman) got a hall pass to go out there and continue to be reckless.”
George Zimmerman testified he never pulled-out a weapon on Matthew Apperson and that Mr. Apperson was shooting to kill without provocation. During the sentencing, George Zimmerman told the presiding judge “The crux here is Mr. Apperson’s blatant disregard for my life, any life.” This wasn’t the first altercation between Apperson and Zimmerman because there was another road rage incident in 2014, but neither man pressed charges against the other.