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Joshua Barajas Joshua Barajas. A white man who fatally shot Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded two other men at a restaurant in northeastern Kansas last year has been sentenced to life in prison, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. A third man, identified as Kansas resident Ian Grillot, was also shot after he tried to stop Purinton outside the bar. Before shooting, Purinton reportedly asked the men, who he thought were Iranian, about their immigration status.
In May, Purinton agreed to a plea deal that recommended the maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the hate crime and firearm offenses against him. In turn, prosecutors agreed to not pursue a death sentence. The new sentence comes on top of a separate life sentence given to Purinton after he pleaded guilty to state charges of murder and attempted murder.
All the counts are to be served consecutively, according to court documents. Adam Purinton, 51, accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, 32, as well as an American who tried to intervene, appearing via a video conference from jail during his initial court appearance in Olathe, Kansas. In a statement from the department in May , prosecutors also pointed to a separate incident weeks before the shooting. All three were known to frequent the restaurant after work. On the evening of Feb. Kuchibhotla and Madasani were also sitting nearby. He then approached to two men, demanding to know their immigration statuses.
Purinton, however, drove home to retrieve a semi-automatic pistol. About 30 minutes later, he returned and shot eight rounds at Kuchibhotla and Madasani on the patio. Four of the bullets struck Kuchibhotla, who later died from his injuries. Madasani was shot once, but survived. As Purinton fled the scene, Grillot tried to catch him. Purinton shot Grillot, who also survived the attack. Sunayana Dumala R , wife of killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US state of Kansas, is consoled by family members prior to performing the last rites at his funeral in Hyderabad, in February The attack raised concerns about anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.
They and local media wondered if America was a safe place for Indians. She did address Purinton directly in the statement:. None of the victims were present for the sentencing, The Kansas City Star reported. Support Provided By: Learn more. Nation Dec Thursday, Jul The Latest. World Agents for Change. Health Long-Term Care. For Teachers. About Feedback Funders Support Jobs.
Close Menu. Address Subscribe. What do you think? Leave a respectful comment. Close Comment Window. Yes Not now. By — Joshua Barajas Joshua Barajas. Leave a comment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Kansas man sentenced to life in prison for shooting that targeted Indian men Nation Aug 7, PM EDT A white man who fatally shot Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded two other men at a restaurant in northeastern Kansas last year has been sentenced to life in prison, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Prosecutors have pointed to an earlier incident weeks before the shooting Adam Purinton, 51, accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, 32, as well as an American who tried to intervene, appearing via a video conference from jail during his initial court appearance in Olathe, Kansas.
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