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Man Who Tried To Shoot George Zimmerman In 'Self Defense' Just Got Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

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Well this is ironic, isn't it?

On Monday, the Florida resident who shot at George Zimmerman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder. Well, well.

As you may recall, Matthew Apperson claimed during his testimony that he acted in self defense when a 2015 road rage incident which involved Zimmerman got out of hand. The defendant testified that George's violent history (specifically the 33-year-old's involvement in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin) made him think his life was at risk.

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Unfortunately for Matthew, the Seminole County jury convicted him last month for attempted second-degree murder. He was also found guilty on firing into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault charges. Oof.

So we can't say we're shocked Apperson has been slapped with a pretty hefty sentence. In case you forgot, in the state of Florida, shooting at another person with firearm will result in a minimum 20 year sentence. The accused was also given a 15-year concurrent sentence for his assault conviction. Dang…

The irony surrounding this whole case is that Matthew used the same self defense strategy which famously got Zimmerman acquitted after he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin in 2012.

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Though Matthew claimed he was the one who feared for his life during the altercation with George, the scandalized neighborhood watchman accused Apperson of following and harassing him in a vehicle prior to discharging the weapon.

Zimmerman also claimed Matthew appeared to be glad when he thought he had killed the infamous figure.

What do YOU think? Are you shocked by this prison sentence?

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[Image via Seminole County Sheriff's Office/Twitter.]

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