Man who killed Indian immigrant sentenced to life in prison

A Kansas man who shot three people in a bar, killing an engineer from India, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison on the state charge of premeditated first-degree murder. He still faces federal hate crime charges in the shooting.

District Court Judge James Charles Droege sentenced Adam Purinton, 52, to 50 years in prison on Friday for the fatal shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in February 2017. Purinton opened fire at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, where he wounded Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, who is also from India. Bystander Ian Grillot was shot as he tried to intervene in the shooting.

Police said Purinton shouted racial slurs at the two immigrants, at one point yelling “get out of my country.”

After leaving the bar, Purinton went to an Applebee’s in Missouri where a bartender at the restaurant said the man claimed he had “just killed two Middle Eastern men.”

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50. Wyoming: 3 incidents reported

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49. Mississippi: 7 incidents reported

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48. North Dakota: 8 incidents reported

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47. Alaska: 11 incidents reported

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46. Rhode Island: 12 incidents reported

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45. Arkansas: 12 incidents reported

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44. Alabama: 14 incidents reported

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43. Delaware: 15 incidents reported

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42. Iowa: 17 incidents reported

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41. South Dakota: 18 incidents reported

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40. Montana: 20 incidents reported

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39. South Carolina: 23 incidents reported

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38. Vermont: 25 incidents reported

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37. New Mexico: 26 incidents reported

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36. Louisiana: 26 incidents reported

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35. Idaho: 27 incidents reported

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34. New Hampshire: 28 incidents reported

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33. Nebraska: 31 incidents reported

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32. Oklahoma: 33 incidents reported

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31. Wisconsin: 34 incidents reported

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30. Maryland: 37 incidents reported

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29. Georgia: 39 incidents reported

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28. Maine: 40 incidents reported

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27. West Virginia: 41 incidents reported

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26. Nevada: 41 incidents reported

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25. Kansas: 49 incidents reported

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24. Pennsylvania: 61 incidents reported

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23. Utah: 66 incidents reported

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22. Indiana: 78 incidents reported

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21. Missouri: 88 incidents reported

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20. Florida: 96 incidents reported

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19. Oregon: 104 incidents reported

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18. Colorado: 104 incidents reported

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17. Connecticut: 106 incidents reported

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16. Illinois: 111 incidents reported

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15. Washington, D.C.: 115 incidents reported

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14. Minnesota: 119 incidents reported

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13. Virginia: 122 incidents reported

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12. Tennessee: 142 incidents reported

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11. North Carolina: 148 incidents reported

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10. Texas: 178 incidents reported

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9. Kentucky: 206 incidents reported

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8. Arizona: 213 incidents reported

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7. New Jersey: 282 incidents reported

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6. Washington: 387 incidents reported

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5. Massachusetts: 391 incidents reported

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4. Michigan: 399 incidents reported

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3. Ohio: 442 incidents reported

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2. New York: 595 incidents reported

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1. California: 931 incidents reported

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“Today’s sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu,” Kuchibhotla’s wife, Sunayana Dumala, said in a Friday statement. “But it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable.”

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

“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. “What harm did he do to you that you grew so much animosity towards him? He was only enjoying a glass of beer with his friend. I wish you had the ability to see beyond my husband’s skin color and the beautiful and kind-hearted person underneath it.”

At the time of the shooting, President Donald Trump faced strong criticism for remaining silent on the perceived hate crime until six full days after the shooting.

Purinton will not be eligible for parole until 50 years into his sentence. If convicted of the hate crime charges, he could face the death penalty.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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