The justice has been served in the Kansas public shooting case where 32-yr-old Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a hate crime. The unfortunate incident took place on Feb 22, 2017 at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe when Adam W Purinton, then 51-yr-old, opened fire shouting, "Get out of my country!"
While Srinivas died after he was taken to a hospital, his friend Alok Madasani was injured and recovered later. Another man, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene, was also shot. Ian was also injured and recovered later.
Purinton was a regular customer at Austins Bar. After the shooting, he drove 70 miles to Clinton, Missouri, where he confessed the shooting to a bartender at a restaurant. Purinton was later captured at a nearby restaurant, where he had allegedly boasted of killing Middle Easterners.
This hate-crime took place a month after US President Donald Trump sworn-in as the president and this had sent shivers down the spine of Indian families living in the US.
Convicted in the hate-crime Ada, Purinton, 52, was sentenced to life in prison for premeditated first-degree murder. He was also given two sentences of about 14 years for wounding the two men. With this, he will not be eligible for Parole for 77.5 years. Meanwhile, Purinton 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.
Responding to the verdict, Srinivas' wife 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."
Srinivas is from Hyderabad's Bachupally. He was a B. Tech in electrical and electronics engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He had a master's degree from the University of Texas, El Paso. He was into Aviation industry.