Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kansas shooting: Srinivas Kuchibhotla's killer gets life imprisonment

Kansas shooting: Srinivas Kuchibhotla's killer gets life imprisonment

A former USA navy serviceman was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for killing Indian IT engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in 2017, following President Donald Trump's victory in a bitterly divisive election. It also attracted worldwide attention, especially in India, where officials publicly wondered if their citizens were safe in the U.S. Kuchibhotla's friend, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot, a bar-goer who tried to intervene in the attack, were also shot, but survived.

Purinton had pleaded guilty to the murder charge in March. "How did you get into this country?"

Witnesses said Purinton, who is white, uttered racial slurs at Kuchibhotla and his friend, Alok Madasani, both 32, as they enjoyed an after-work drink at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.

While Purinton would be eligible for parole in 50 years, the 52-year-old was likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. He is also facing federal hate crime and firearms charges, which could result in death penalty.

Adam Purinton, a US-based navy veteran was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibholta from Hyderabad.

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He returned shortly afterward and opened fire in the bar, shooting the victims.

None of the victims or their family members attended Friday's sentencing.

Kuchibhotla's wife Sunayana Dumala welcomed the decision and said, "Today's sentencing will not bring back my Srinu, but it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable".

She described how they met, and how they were looking forward to having children together in the dream home they had found together in Kansas.

Dumala said her husband was working on several large contracts at Garmin when he was killed and those contracts will provide jobs to many people. "I hope in the years that you must spend in the jail you will one day realize the magnitude of your mistake", she said. He then fled and was arrested hours later at an Applebee's restaurant 70 miles away in Clinton, Missouri. Purinton has pleaded not guilty in the federal case. "So I'm not going to go any further than that", Spicer had said. Locals said he had become "a drunken mess" after his father's death three years ago, and was physically and mentally disturbed.

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