George Zimmerman was arrested for a domestic violence dispute yesterday in which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at the face of his pregnant girlfriend, but will he go to jail for it? The man who was acquitted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin last July was arrested in Orlando, Flor., after allegedly pointed a double barreled shotgun at his girlfriend and forcing her out of her home. Zimmerman was placed in a solitary cell for his own protection before facing a judge today.
However, Zimmerman managed to avoid jail time for now. He was granted a $9,000 bond, but the judge made several provisions for bond being granted. Zimmerman must stay 1,500 feet away from his girlfriend at all times, have no contact with her, and relinquish possession of all firearms and shotguns. He is also forbidden to leave the state of Florida and must wear a monitoring device that will track his location at all times. Because Zimmerman’s lawyer said his client suffers from financial hardship, the judge waived the cost of the device.
After 911 dispatchers were called to address the domestic violence incident, police eventually forced their way into the home and placed him under arrest. Since his acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin last July, Zimmerman has received multiple speeding tickets, was photographed touring a firearms actor, and had his wife file for divorce. His mother-in-law also filed a police report last September and claimed that Zimmerman stole furniture and a TV from her house.
Zimmerman wore body armor after his acquittal and claimed that he and his family continue to face death threats. His family said in a statement that they are continuing to monitor their personal security and “ensure our safety in accordance with the law. Robert Zimmerman Jr. also said about his infamous relative: “He has more reason now than ever to think that people are trying to kill him because they express they’re trying to kill him, all the time, every day, on my Twitter feed, on the Internet.”