The Hush Post: The killer of Indian techie from Hyderabad, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, has been sentenced to life in jail by a US Court.
In a clear case of hate crime, Adam W Purinton, a former US Navy veteran had shot at Kuchibhotla shouting “ Get out of my country” in February, 2017, just over a month after Donald Trump took over as the US President. Kuchibhotla and his friend were at a bar in the city of Olathe. Kuchibhotla died after he was taken to a hospital, while his friend Alok Madasani was injured. Another man, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene was also shot.
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, reported news agency AFP.
Welcoming the verdict, Sunayana Dumala said, “Today’s sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu, but it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable.”
“I want to thank the District Attorney’s office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice,” she told AFP.
Kuchibhotla, 33, who grew up in Hyderabad, moved to US to study engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. Later, he bought a house, got married and started a family.
Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were aviation systems engineers for GPS manufacturer Garmin. Madasani had later said the two close friends met regularly at the Austin’s Bar and Grill, where the incident happened.
Purinton was captured later at a nearby restaurant, where he had allegedly boasted of killing Middle Easterners, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper. He is also facing federal hate crime and firearms charges, which could also result in the death penalty.