The man convicted of trying to kill George Zimmerman was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a judge Monday, despite arguments from his mother and wife that his trial was unfair.
Lisa Apperson, Matthew Apperson’s wife, complained that the media painted her husband as a monster. She also accused many witnesses of lying during her husband’s trial, saying it was “disturbing” to see the “amount of perjury.”
Zimmerman told the court that jurors would see a different picture of Matthew Apperson, “if you were to ask his neighbors, if you were to ask the pool man.” He also pointed out that only Matthew Apperson’s wife and mother came to speak on his behalf.
“Only the two that could spew the lies through their teeth would appear (at the hearing),” he said.
Zimmerman is well-known for his arrest and acquittal in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claimed he shot the teen in self-defense.
He was initially charged with second-degree murder.