As we delve deeper into the George Zimmerman case, recent revelations have come to light revealing that Zimmerman was hiding out for over a month at the home of a federal law-enforcement agent. The man in question is a former Seminole County Sheriff deputy who was pressured to quit after he was duped by a con artist and violated department policy.
Here is the house which Zimmerman was hiding out at:
U.S. Air Marshal Mark Osterman was the friend who taught Zimmerman how to shoot, and whose wife presided over Zimmerman’s wedding.
Osterman wasn’t like the other Zimmerman friends who conducted interviews as cameras were shoved in their faces.
Osterman never showed his face, even as he offered shelter to a friend in need.
As reported by the Miami Herald:
In the summary of the friend’s interview with the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released Thursday by the Duval County state attorney, the name is blacked out. But the interview provides enough detail about the relationship to confirm his identity.
Osterman told authorities that his wife presided over Zimmerman’s wedding. Zimmerman’s wedding certificate lists Sondra Osterman as the person who presided over the ceremony.
Sondra Osterman’s Facebook profile shows she’s married to Mark, who says he travels for a living and works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Among his Facebook likes: “Support George Zimmerman.”
Reached Friday morning by The Miami Herald, he declined to be interviewed. “No thanks,” he said, before hanging up.
Osterman, 44, met Zimmerman around 2006, through his wife, Sondra, who worked with Zimmerman at a mortgage-services company. Zimmerman was a loan originator; Sondra Osterman a loan processor. They later worked together at a different company, Digital Risk.
In his interview with the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Mark Osterman said he visited Zimmerman’s house some 50 times. The two men went shooting together about once a month, often to Gander Mountain shooting range, he said.
“He described Zimmerman as a person of strong character, but not very street wise,” the report states. “He has never known Zimmerman to be in a fist fight. Zimmerman stays in casual contact with a lot of people, but is not known to have any other close friends.”
In staying with defending his friend, Osterman describes Zimmerman as frugal and organized person and not a racist as many have deemed him.
Osterman hosted a graduation party for Zimmerman when he completed his associate’s degree at Seminole State College and the report makes note that Osterman “did not see the diploma.”
According to Osterman, Zimmerman was just a course or two shy from graduating, and was expelled from the school when the shooting scandal exploded.
Osterman said Zimmerman doesn’t do drugs or have racist friends.
SOURCE: Miami Herald
ABOVE: Photo of Sondra Osterman and Mark Osterman. Picture courtesy of Facebook