52-year-old racist in Olathe, Kansas who fatally shot Indian engineer at local bar sent to prison for life
Adam Purinton was convicted on Friday for the first-degree murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla
Kuchibhotla was fatally shot in Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas on Feb 22, 2017
The 32-year-old engineer from India, was having a beer with his friend Alok Madasani, 32, at Austin’s Bar
The defendant shot at the men after shouting “get out of my country” killing Kuchibhotla and wounding Madasani
Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene during the shooting t was also wounded.
Purinton also pled guilty to the attempted murders of Madasani and Ian Grillot
He is next scheduled to be tried for federal hate crime charges starting May 21
Purinton is not eligible for parole until he has served 77 1/2 years
Adam Purinton of Olathe, Kan., [orange regulation uniform], was sentenced to life in prison for killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla last February.
A Kansas man who fatally shot an engineer from India after shouting “get out of my country” at him and his friend has been sentenced to life in prison.
Adam Purinton was sentenced Friday for the first-degree murder of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was having a beer with his friend Alok Madasani at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe on Feb. 22, 2017.
“Our goal is to make sure that he never walks in the community again,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said after Purinton’s sentencing, according to the Kansas City Star.
“That he spends the rest of his life in the penitentiary.”
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was fatally shot in Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas on Feb 22, 2017
Purinton also pled guilty to the attempted murders of Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene during the shooting.
Adam W. Purinton was sentenced in Johnson County District Court, where he pled guilty in March to a charge of first-degree murder for killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
Judge Charles Droege ordered Purinton to serve a maximum sentence on all three charges and to run consecutively, the Kansas City Star reported. He won’t be eligible for parole for 77 1/2 years.
Alok Madasani was with his friend, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, when Adam Purinton opened fire at them inside Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last Feb. He was injured but survived
Adam W. Purinton pled guilty Tuesday in Johnson County to a charge of first-degree murder in the February 2017 killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
Purinton, 52, of Olathe Kansas, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting Alok Madasani, a co-worker of Kuchibhotla’s, and Ian Grillot, who had come to the aid of the two other men.
Prosecutors have said that Purinton verbally harassed Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, another Indian man. Purinton started taunting the men by yelling racial slurs at them, witnesses said, before he was thrown out of the Olathe business.
Employees asked Purinton to leave, but he returned a short time later to shout “Get out of my country” before he returned a short time later and unleashed a fusillade of 9mm bullets, killing Kuchibhotla and wounding Madasani. Grillot was also wounded.
Good Samaritan: Ian Grillot was also injured after he came to the aid of the men under fire
A victim impact statement by Kuchibhotla’s widow, Sunayana Dumala, read in court said she wished Purinton “had the ability to see beyond my husband’s skin color and the beautiful and kindhearted person underneath it.”