Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s killer sentenced to life in US

Kansas man who shot Indian men at a bar given three life sentences for hate crime charges Man sentenced to life for hate crime shootings of Indian men in Kansas bar
Jeannette Daniel | 09 August, 2018, 23:45

"If you could have kept your anger inside and spoke to my husband softly, Srinu would have been more than happy to share his background and help you understand that not every brown skinned person is suspicious or evil, but kind, smart and contributing to America", she said in a statement.

".(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.

The prosecution and defence teams had jointly requested a sentence of life imprisonment without parole on hate crimes charges for Purinton.

Adam Purinton, a US Navy veteran had fatally shot Kuchibhotla, who hailed from Hyderabad and wounded two others in a racially motivated hate crime at a sports bar in Kansas City in the United States on February 22, 2017.

Kuchibhotla, a citizen of India who worked as an engineer for Garmin, was having an after-work drink with a co-worker who was also from India.

A state court had already sentenced Adam Purinton to life in prison for first-degree murder in the February 2017 shooting of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a bar in Olathe.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that Purinton's crimes were "detestable".

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 statement submitted in court before the sentencing, Dumala said to Purinton: "My husband had a passion and dream to achieve something big in the aviation industry". Always kind, caring, and respectful to others.

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Grillot and Madasani survived, but Kuchibhotla died.

Purinton reportedly yelled "Get out of my country" at them.

"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.

On Tuesday, the federal court handed Purinton a further three consecutive life sentences.

Grillot and another patron interceded, told Purinton that he needed to leave, and escorted him out of the bar.

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

"A promising young life has been tragically cut short, and other lives have been filled with suffering", he said.

Purinton did not comment in court on Tuesday.

Purinton then went home, picked up one of his guns and returned to the bar, opening fire on the men. There he fired at least eight shots at Kuchibhotla and Madasani. Hours after the shooting, Purinton stated over the phone to a friend, and later in person to a bartender, that he had just killed some Iranians. A third man who intervened also was shot.

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