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US Navy veteran who killed Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla sentenced to life

05 May 2018

A US Navy veteran who killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated extreme dislike crime at a bar in Kansas City a year ago has been sentenced to life in prison as THE HINDU reported. As per media reports, Purinton will not be granted parole for the next 48 years i.e till he turns 100 years of age.

Ian Grillot, an American who had intervened, was shot too. Both Madasani and Grillot, who chased Purinton after he fled Austin's Bar and Grill, were injured in the attack.

Witnesses told United States media that Purinton screamed racial slurs and shouted "get out of my country!" at the two victims, before opening fire inside Austin's Bar and Grill. He was charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of 32-year-old techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla from Hyderabad.

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Sunayana Dumala, Kuchibhotla's widow, addressed Purinton's potentially racist motivations in a victim impact statement she submitted to the court Friday.

"Our goal is to make sure that he never walks in the community again, that he spends the rest of his life in the penitentiary, and I believe this sentence will achieve that result", local district attorney Steve Howe said after the sentencing.

He also faces federal charges of hate crime, to which he had earlier pleaded "not guilty" but changed his plea subsequently.

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"In the few minutes that you have seen Srinu you built so much hatred for him that you decided he did not deserve to live", she said.

Dumala, who had been with her husband for more than a decade, then directed her message to Purinton.

Purinton was captured later in the day at a restaurant, where he had allegedly boasted of killing Middle Easterners, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper. Originally from Hyderabad, Srinivas had an engineering degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad followed by a Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Texas. Later, he bought a house, got married and planned to start a family, his wife had said. However, the hate crime with which he has been accused of is pending trial. Protests were staged in Kansas and in other states in a show of solidarity.

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US Navy veteran who killed Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla sentenced to life