Man who shot 2 Indian men in Kansas bar to be sentenced

Man sentenced to life for hate crime shootings of Indian men in Kansas bar

Kansas Man Who Murdered Indian Engineer In Hate Crime Gets Three Life Sentences

A Kansas man was handed three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges Tuesday for fatally shooting an engineer from India and wounding two others during a confrontation at a bar a year ago.

Purinton killed Kuchibhotla on February 22, 2017, at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe and wounded two others.

Purinton, who had earlier faced a death sentence before he pleaded guilty to murder in federal court in May, will not be eligible for parole for 50 years.

He was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla and attempted first-degree murder of Madasani, and a Kansas resident Ian Grillot, who chased Purinton after he fled the crime scene.

Adam Purinton of Olathe agreed to a plea deal in May that recommended he be sentenced to life in prison on each of three hate crime charges, with the sentences to run consecutively.

"We hope today's sentencing brings some closure for the victims and their families", Stephen McAllister, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas said Tuesday in a written statement.

"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.

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

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

"My Srinu had never hurt anyone and only had love and respect for others, but he had to lose his life because of your hate".

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"My husband was more than what you chose to address him as".

Grillot and Madasani survived, but Kuchibhotla died.

Addressing Purinton in her victim-impact statement, Ms Dumala said if Purinton could have kept his anger inside and spoken to her 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".

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.

Other bar patrons stepped forward, told Purinton to leave and escorted him out of the business.

Purinton then went home, picked up one of his guns and returned to the bar, opening fire on the men.

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

She said Purinton instead chose to rage and bully in anger and when he was stopped, he made a decision to take their lives. Purinton was arrested several hours later at a bar in Missouri where he told the bartender he was running from the police because he'd killed "two Iranians".

The sentence was handed down on the wife's 34th birthday, and she wrote in the statement that is was "extremely painful for me to witness or face the shooter in person".

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