Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

3 life terms for shooter in Kansas hate crime

3 life terms for shooter in Kansas hate crime

Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kansas, was on Tuesday sentenced to three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Kuchibhotla and wounding two other men - Indian national Alok Madasani and Kansas resident Ian Grillot - at a suburban Kansas City bar past year. "Instead you chose to rage and bully in anger and when you were stopped, you made a decision to take their lives".

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

Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., had faced the death sentence before pleading guilty in May to federal hate crime and firearm charges. The shooting killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, who had stopped at the bar with a co-worker, Alok Madasani, for an after-work drink.

He said he fired on the two men, who worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin, thinking they were Iranian.

Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, addressed Purinton in her victim-impact statement: "My husband was more than what you chose to address him as".

Today also happens to be my 34th birthday and while I am missing my most precious thing in life - my Srinu - in a way, I see this as a sign from him helping me to gain closure with the legal process surrounding his murder and seeing this man brought to justice.

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. Always kind, caring, and respectful to others. Madasani and Grillot survived.

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The day of the shooting, Purinton verbally harassed the men, who had come to the United States as students and worked at nearby Global Positioning System maker Garmin.

"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. "As a result, a promising young life has been tragically cut short, and other lives have been filled with suffering".

A Kansas man who fatally shot an Indian immigrant and wounded another in a suburban Kansas City bar is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on federal hate crime charges.

Grillot and another patron interceded, told Purinton that he needed to leave, and escorted him out of the bar. Prosecutors agreed to not seek a death sentence as part of the plea agreement that called for three consecutive life sentences to run consecutively to the Johnson County sentence.

Purinton did not comment in court on Tuesday. Purinton then drove home, changed his shirt, wrapped a scarf around his face, retrieved a semi-automatic pistol and drove back to the restaurant's patio in his truck.

Purinton admitted that he shot Kuchibhotla and Madasani, attempting to kill both men, due to their race, colour, religion, and national origin.

Purinton was arrested later in Missouri after he allegedly told a bartender he was running from police because of the shooting.

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