imprisonment for killing Indian techie Kuchibhotla

The US navy veteran had admitted that he shot Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani because of their race, color, religion, and national origin. Courtesy: India Times

A US Navy veteran has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole for killing an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding two other men in a Kansas bar last year. 

The Johnson County District Court had already sentenced Adam Purinton to life in prison for first-degree murder in the February 2017 shooting of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a bar in Olathe. On Tuesday, the federal court handed Purinton a further three consecutive life sentences. 

Kuchibhotla had stopped there for a drink with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack. A third man who intervened also was shot. Purinton reportedly yelled “Get out of my country” at them. 

He pleaded guilty in May to federal hate crime and firearm charges to avoid the death penalty. He admitted he shot Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani because of their race, color, religion, and national origin. 

He was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla and attempted first-degree murder of Madasani, and a Kansas resident Ian Grillot, who chased Purinton after he fled the crime scene. 

According to CNN, Kuchibhotla and Madasani, both originally from India, worked as engineers at Garmin, a technological company that makes GPS devices.