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US Navy veteran who killed Indian man in KS bar gets life in prison

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May 07, 2018

A U.S. Navy veteran was sentenced to life in prison last week after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Reuters reported.

Last year, Adam Purinton, 52, shot and killed one man and injured two others at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.

Purinton told an Indian software engineer to “get out of my country” just before fatally shooting him, according to the prosecutor, the Kansas City Star reported. Purinton also faces federal hate crimes and firearms charges following a U.S. grand jury indictment last June.

Purinton was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in March.

District Attorney Steve Howe said in a statement Friday that Purinton will not be eligible for parole for 50 years.

An additional 165 months for each of the two who were injured was added to the sentence by Johnson County District Court Judge Charles Droege.

The incident took place in February 2017.

The deceased victim, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, had a work visa and was a legal U.S. resident. He worked at U.S. Company Garmin Ltd., a manufacturer of navigational and fitness-tracking devices.

Kuchibhotla’s co-worker, Alok Madasani, was wounded, and so was an American who tried to help, Ian Grillot.

Kuchibhotla’s wife, Sunayana Dumala, said in court that her husband lived a life of “love and respect for others,” and he had big dreams for the aviation industry that would have benefited other workers, the Kansas City Star reported.