Kansas Shooting: Killer of Indian techie sentenced to life for hate crime

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A US Navy veteran Adam Purinton who shot dead an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotlatech was on August 7 awarded three consecutive life sentences for the racially motivated attack in Kansas City bar on February 22, 2017. He had been jailed for 50 years without parole.

Purinton killed Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani at a bar in the city of Olathe, Kansas, in February 2017.

According to a statement by the US Department of Justice Purinton, at his plea hearing in May, had admitted that he shot Kuchibhotla and his Madasani at a bar because of their race, color, religion and national origin.

“The crimes at issue, in this case, are detestable,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

He further added, “The defendant acted with clear premeditation in murdering one man, and attempting to murder a second man, simply because of their race, religion, and national origin. As a result, a promising young life has been tragically cut short, and other lives have been filled with suffering.”

The judge in the case also ordered Purinton to pay compensation of $14,200 (£11,000) to Kuchibhotla’s family.

The attack drew worldwide condemnation and shocked the Indian community in the US.