A US court today sentenced to life imprisonment a Navy veteran who yelled “get out of my country” before killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year. A federal judge in Kansas sentenced Adam Purinton to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March. Purinton would not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100, KSHB reported. In March this year, Purinton, 52, had pleaded guilty to the charges of murdering Kuchibhotla.
Purinton was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, 32, 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. In addition to the state charges, Purinton faces prosecution in federal court. The US Attorney’s Office in Kansas filed hate crime charges against Purinton last June. Purinton, yelled, “get out of my country,” before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries sustained in the attack.
Federal hate crime charges are pending against Purinton, who is scheduled to enter a plea in that case on May 21. Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala, who welcomed the court’s decision. “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,” Dumala said in a statement. “I want to thank the District Attorney’s office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice,” she said.
Dumala also submitted a statement read into the court record in which she described the night of her husband’s murder and the knock at the front door by police that brought her the life-changing news on February 22, 2017. Kuchibhotla was an Indian national who worked as an aviation systems engineer and programs manager at GPS maker Garmin. Kuchibhotla hailed from Hyderabad. He had a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad.