Kan. man sentenced for racially motivated shooting at sports bar

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 10, 2018

Kuchibhotla, a citizen of India who worked as an engineer for Garmin, was having an after-work drink with a co-worker who was also from India.

A man has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing an Indian immigrant and wounding two other men in a Kansas bar.

"My husband was more than what you chose to address him as".

"My Srinu had never hurt anyone and only had love and respect for others, but he had to lose his life because of your hate". Prosecutors agreed to not seek a death sentence as part of the plea agreement that called for three consecutive life sentences to run consecutively to the Johnson County sentence.

"If you could have kept your anger inside and spoke to my husband softly, Srinu would have been more than happy to share his background and help you understand that not every brown skinned person is suspicious or evil, but kind, smart and contributing to America", she continued. Instead you chose to rage and bully in anger and when you were stopped, you made a decision to take their lives, ' the statement continued.

Sunayana Dumala (left with husband Srinivas Kuchibhotla) wrote a statement that was read in court on Tuesday.

A few weeks later, Purinton pleaded guilty to the federal hate crime charges.

Another man, Ian Grillot, 24, was shot in the hand and chest when he tried to intervene.

Purinton had also pleaded guilty in state court to charges of murder and attempted murder, and has been sentenced to a term of life imprisonment in state prison.

"We hope today's sentencing brings some closure for the victims and their families", Stephen McAllister, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas said Tuesday in a written statement. "The defendant acted with clear premeditation in murdering one man, and attempting to murder a second man, simply due to 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.

Sessions said that while the "irreparable harm" that Purinton has done can not be undone, "some measure of justice for the victims' families has been achieved". It highlights the positive contributions of immigrants to America.

Purinton did not comment in court on Tuesday.

On February 22, 2017, Purinton drove to Austins Bar & Grill and sat by himself at a table on the enclosed front patio.

Both Madasani and Grillot survived the violent attack. Grillot, who hid under a table during the shooting, confronted the gunman once he thought Purinton had run out of ammunition.

Purinton began verbally harassing them, demanding to know where they were from and yelling at them to "get out of my country". Purinton was arrested several hours later at a bar in Missouri where he told the bartender he was running from the police because he'd killed "two Iranians".

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