Man who shot George Zimmerman in "self defense" found guilty, will serve at least 20 years

Man who shot George Zimmerman in "self defense" found guilty, will serve at least 20 years
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A man who fired a single bullet at George Zimmerman's pickup truck has been found guilty by a Florida court of attempted second-degree murder and will face a minimum of 20 years.

Zimmerman was unharmed, with the bullet lodging into the truck's metal frame, according to the Orlando Sentinel's report. 

The two had a long-standing feud, and the shooter, Matthew Apperson, tried to plead self-defense, saying that Zimmerman flashed his gun before firing. 

Zimmerman's acquittal sparked a wave of protests.
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However, the jury was more skeptical of his claims of self-defense than the jury George Zimmerman faced just three years ago, when he was acquitted of murder charges after shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old unarmed black teenager. 

The shooting, and subsequent acquittal, is still seen as a launch-point for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"No matter how you feel about George Zimmerman, he he can still be a victim of a crime, and he was in this case," Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors, the Sentinel reported. 

Zimmerman and Apperson's feud was related to the Black Lives Matter movement: When Zimmerman attempted to auction off the gun used in Trayvon Martin's shooting to raise funds, he referred to Apperson as a "BLM Sympathizer.

His testimony made headlines earlier this week, when Zimmerman said he believed protestors associated with Black Lives Matter were terrorists.

Apperson is currently in jail awaiting sentencing.