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

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 10, 2018

None of his victims were in court on Tuesday as US District Judge Carlos Murguia followed the terms of the plea agreement, the Kansas City Star reported.

Adam Purinton, 53, did not speak in court Tuesday as he was sentenced for the February 22, 2017, shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a citizen of India who had stopped at the bar with a co-worker, Alok Madasani, both 32, for an after-work drink.

"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. "Instead you chose to rage and bully in anger and when you were stopped, you made a decision to take their lives".

At his federal guilty-plea hearing, Purinton admitted in open court that he targeted and shot Kuchibhotla and Madasani due to their race, colour, and national origin, and that he shot Grillot during an attempt to flee the scene of the crime.

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

Purinton was escorted from the bar but returned a short time later - this time armed with a handgun.

Purinton admitted that he shot Kuchibhotla and Madasani, attempting to kill both men, due to their race, colour, religion, and national origin. Ian Grillot, a bar patron who chased after Purinton as he fled, was also shot in the incident. He shot at Grillot only during a struggle to escape the scene of the crime. Kuchibholta was hit at least four times and later died from his injures. Madasani and Grillot survived.

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According to evidence presented in court, a few weeks before the shooting, Purinton was sitting by himself in the bar area at Austins Bar & Grill when, coincidentally, Kuchibhotla and Madasani happened to be having a drink on the patio.

Federal prosecutors later charged him under federal hate crime statutes that carried a potential death sentence.

"No matter who you are, what you believe, or how you worship, you should be able to live without fear of becoming a victim of hate crimes".

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

Purinton previously pleaded guilty to state charges for murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to life in state prison.

Purinton pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to hate crime and firearm offenses in relation to the shooting. "Srinu and I came to the United States of America full of dreams and aspirations.Now, my American Dream - and that of Srinu's - is broken", Sunayana Dumala said in a statement read out in court today as Purinton was sentenced, calling her husband by his informal name.

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