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George Zimmerman's attacker gets 20 years for roadside shooting

The man's wife said authorities have "given George Zimmerman a golden ticket" to do anything he wants

Matthew Apperson, the 38-year-old Florida man who fired at George Zimmerman's vehicle during a road-rage confrontation, will spend the next 20 years in prison. Apperson was convicted by a jury last month of second-degree attempted murder after the roadside confrontation in Lake Mary, Fla., in May 2015. Apperson was also 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.

...a danger to the community.

Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson's description of Apperson

Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 in a case that garnered national attention. During Apperson's trial, he 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.

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Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Benjamin Martin was an African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who, at 17 years old, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida. Martin, who was serving a school suspension, had gone with his father on a visit to his father's fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford.