The jury also convicted Matthew Apperson, 27, of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.
The Winter Springs man faces a minimum of 20 years in prison because the crimes involved a gun. His wife and mother, who attended the five-day trial, walked out crying and would not comment.
Apperson, a paralegal, sought to convince jurors he acted in self defense when he shot a single bullet from his .357 Magnum into Zimmerman’s car on May 11, 2015.
Apperson testified that Zimmerman threatened to shoot him and flashed a gun first. The bullet missed Zimmerman’s face, lodging itself in the truck’s metal frame.
Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors that Apperson instigated the confrontation and chased Zimmerman in a car, which was caught on video surveillance from a nearby post office.
“George Zimmerman is no boy scout — I get that, and you get that,” Stone said. “But no matter how you feel about George Zimmerman, he he can still be a victim of a crime, and he was in this case.”
Zimmerman, 32, is the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a case that spurred protests across the country.
In the Apperson trial, Zimmerman testified for about seven hours and returned Friday with an attorney to listen to closing arguments.
He left immediately after, and did not return for the verdict. Defense attorney Michael LaFay, in his closing argument, attacked Zimmerman’s credibility as a major witness in the case. Source: OS