US Navy veteran who in a barbaric manner killed Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured two others at a suburban Kansas City bar last year, in a racially motivated hate crime has been sentenced to life. In March this year, 52-year-old Adam Purinton had pleaded guilty to the charges of murdering Kuchibhotla.
He was charged with premeditated first-degree murder of the 32-year-old Indian techie and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his friend, Alok Madasani, and a bystander, who chased Purinton after he fled the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe city on February 22 last year. While he has been sentenced to life in prison for Kuchibhotla’s murder, he has got 165 months imprisonment for each of the other two murder charges. Purinton would be eligible for parole in 50 years, and is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.”Get out of my country!” Purinton had shouted before firing shots at Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his friend who were at a bar in the city of Olathe on February 22, 2017. Mr Kuchibhotla died after he was taken to a hospital, while his friend Alok Madasani was injured. Another man, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene was also
Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala. 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. I want to thank the District Attorney’s office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice.”