Adam Purinton, former US Navy veteran, who shot dead Indian software engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad, India, in Olathe, Kansas, US, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Purinton would be eligible for parole in 50 years and is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. The shooting killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded his friend, Alok Madasani.
In March, 52-year-old Adam Purinton admitted to killing an Indian national and wounding two other men in a February 2017 shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe.
Witnesses said Purinton, who is white, uttered racial slurs at Kuchibhotla and his friend, Madasani, both 32, as they enjoyed an after-work drink. The American dream suddenly turned unsafe for them as reports of other hate-filled responses to Indians - especially a video shot of H-1B families at a neighbourhood park in OH state by a man who was clearly opposed to foreign workers - surfaced. Kuchibhotla hailed from Hyderabad.
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None of the victims or their family members attended Friday's sentencing. Thanking the court, Sunayana said: "Today's sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu, but it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable". "We were supposed to be together for lifetime but now the thought of having to live life alone and the hardships that come with it is unbearable".
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.
After the shooting, Purinton drove to a restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, where a bartender called police after Purinton allegedly told him about the shooting. He previously pleaded guilty in federal court to these charges, but he is expected to change his plea during a hearing scheduled for May 21 at 10:30 a.m. "So I'm not going to go any further than that", Spicer had said. The engineer was killed at a bar in the city of Olathe in Kansas a year ago. "Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms", the President said in the speech on March 1.