Kansas man sentenced to life in prison in shooting death of immigrant

Blanche Robertson
August 10, 2018

Washington D.C. [USA] Aug 8 (ANI): A man, who killed an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas shooting past year, has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

In a statement, Kuchibhotla's widow said that her husband was always "respectful to others" and would have helped Purinton understand that not every brown skinned person is evil but is contributing to America's growth.

".(U) se the time that is being given to you to educate yourself and inform others who are still out in the open and stop them from killing innocent people as you did - choosing violence over kindness", she added.

Adam Purinton pleaded guilty to three federal hate crime charges in May.

In sentencing Purinton, U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia adhered to the terms of Purinton's plea agreement with federal prosecutors, which spared him a possible death sentence. He admitted he shot Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani due to their race and color. Kuchibhotla had stopped there for a drink with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack.

Adam Purinton, 53, had already received a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer from India, in the February 2017 shooting.

A memorial for the shooting victims was growing outside of Austins Bar and Grill after the shooting.

"My husband was more than what you chose to address him as".

In a written statement filed when he pleaded guilty, Purinton said he accepted full responsibility for the "grievous harm" he caused the victims, their families and the community.

"My Srinu had never hurt anyone and only had love and respect for others, but he had to lose his life because of your hate".

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Grillot and Madasani survived, but Kuchibhotla died.

The case is being heard in federal court because Kansas does not have a hate crimes statute.

Purinton began verbally harassing them, demanding to know where they were from and yelling at them to "get out of my country".

Another man, Ian Grillot, 24, was shot in the hand and chest when he tried to intervene.

Purinton was escorted from the bar but returned a short time later - this time armed with a handgun.

"The defendant acted with clear premeditation in murdering one man, and attempting to murder a second man, simply due to their race, religion, and national origin", Sessions said.

Purinton drove home and retrieved a semi-automatic pistol and to disguise his identity, changed into a different shirt and grabbed a blue-and-white scarf.

He unleashed several rounds, striking both Kuchibhotla and Madasani.

"I have shared Srinu's story to highlight the goodness in him with the hope that others will emulate his life and not that of the man who killed him", she said. "Securing this sentence is important not only to the victims and their loved ones, but also to our justice system and our nation as a whole".

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