US man who killed Indian immigrant sentenced to life

May 5, 2018 | By | Reply More

A man in the US state of Kansas who shot dead an Indian immigrant while shouting “get out of my country,” was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

US man who killed Indian immigrant sentenced to lifeAdam Purinton had previously pleaded guilty to the racial slur-filled, drunken attack in February last year at a suburban bar and restaurant in the Midwestern state.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed in the assault in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. His friend Alok Madasani, also Indian, was injured along with a bystander, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene.

The 52-year-old Purinton received the maximum punishment for the murder, and two sentences of 165 months each for the attempted murders, the prosecutor’s office said.

While Purinton would be eligible for parole in 50 years, he was likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.

He is also facing federal hate crime and firearms charges, which could result in the death penalty. Purinton has pleaded not guilty in the federal case.

– International outrage –

Witnesses told US media that Purinton screamed racial slurs and shouted “get out of my country!” at the two victims, before opening fire inside Austin’s Bar and Grill.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani were aviation systems engineers for GPS manufacturer Garmin. Madasani later said the two close friends met regularly at the bar.

In the weeks after the attack, Indians were concerned that animus against immigrants was on the rise in the US.

Hundreds of mourners had marched through the Kansas City suburb in memory of the victim and also honored Grillot. They held a vigil with Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh prayers.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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