On Tuesday, a US Navy veteran was awarded three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding two others at a suburban Kansas city bar last year.
In February 2017, Adam Purinton of Olathe shot and killed 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and wounded two others – Indian national Alok Madasani and Kansas resident Ian Grillot – at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas.
At his federal guilty-plea hearing, Purinton admitted in open court that he targeted and shot Mr Kuchibhotla and Mr Madasani because of their race, colour, and national origin, and that he shot Mr Grillot during an attempt to flee the scene of the crime.
“The crimes at issue in this case are detestable,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“The defendant acted with clear premeditation in murdering one man, and attempting to murder a second man, simply because of 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.”
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