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Orlando man given George Zimmerman’s cellphone number, gets death threats

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George Zimmerman, center, in court with his attorney Mark O'Mara in April. (AP/Pool)

Talk about an unlucky draw.

An Orlando, Fla., man says his life has been turned upside down since May 7, when T-Mobile reportedly assigned him the cellphone number formerly used by accused Florida murderer George Zimmerman.

It's the same mobile number Zimmerman gave police dispatchers during the notorious 911 call moments before he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin three months ago.

The 911 call (with Zimmerman heard spelling out the number) has since been widely circulated by the media and on the Internet.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Junior Alexander Guy, the man who inherited Zimmerman's old number, immediately started getting weird calls at all hours of the night.

"You murderer!"

"You deserve to die!"

Guy, who works at an Orlando wastewater plant, told the newspaper he got an estimated 70 threatening calls. He and his mother were forced to move out of their home.

"I was not only afraid for my life, I was afraid for my mother's," said Guy, a 49-year-old man who the newspaper reported has himself served prison time for drug trafficking.

By the ninth day, Guy said he'd had enough and turned the phone over to an attorney. His lawyer has reportedly been unsuccessful in seeking damages for his client, but T-Mobile did credit Guy's account and waived the early termination fee.

The old Zimmerman number, T-Mobile told the Sentinel, has now been retired.

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