A Florida judge sentenced the man who shot at George Zimmerman in May 2015 to 20 years in prison Monday, but it was outrage over a different verdict that drove the reaction to Matthew Apperson’s sentencing for several commenters.
Apperson was convicted by a jury of shooting at Zimmerman while the two were driving in separate cars, and Zimmerman was grazed by glass and metal shards when the bullet broke through his passenger-side window and was stopped by the metal window frame, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
But some commenters asked why Zimmerman, whose trial for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin made national headlines in 2012, had succeeded in having his attacker sentenced while he walked free in his own trial.
Zimmerman’s verdict was not without controversy, and the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer has courted outrage since. He auctioned off the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin in May, almost three years after he was acquitted of second-degree murder.
One Twitter user noted the time that had elapsed since Trayvon Martin’s death:
On Monday, Zimmerman told the judge that Apperson had showed “blatant disregard for my life, any life” in trying to shoot him on the road, the Orlando Sentinel reported.