Killer George Zimmerman gets a year probation

No jail for George.

A Florida judge agreed to let George Zimmerman, who shot and killed an innocent teenager in 2012, serve probation for a year after his attorney entered a no contest plea to resolve a misdemeanor charge of stalking a private investigator associated with a documentary on the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Seminole County Judge Mark Herr admonished Zimmerman to understand that “words matter.”

Under a no contest plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt, and a conviction is withheld if the conditions of the plea are met. Zimmerman wasn’t at the courthouse during the hearing.

In May 2018, Zimmerman was charged with stalking against a private investigator who had been working with Michael Gasparro and Jay-Z on the documentary series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

According to the investigator, Zimmerman contacted him with 21 phone calls, 38 text messages and 7 voice mails in a two and a half hour span in December 2017.

Zimmerman admitted to shooting of Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. On July 13, 2013, he was acquitted by a Florida jury of all charges related to the slaying of the 17-year-old African-American high school student.

Zimmerman has had other encounters with the law, including two incidents in 2005, five incidents in 2013, and more in following years involving allegations of shoving an undercover alcohol control agent and violating a restraining order filed by an ex-fiancée.

On September 9, 2013, police responded to a call by Zimmerman’s estranged wife, who reported that he had threatened her with a gun and had punched her father in the face.

On November 18, 2013, Zimmerman’s girlfriend called the police, alleging that after she had asked Zimmerman to leave her home, he had pointed a shotgun at her and begun breaking her belongings.

On January 9, 2015, Zimmerman was arrested by Lake Mary police and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors eventually dropped those cases against Zimmerman.

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