A court in the United States has sentenced the man who killed Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas City to life imprisonment, Times of India has reported.
Kuchibhotla, 32, was working as an engineer at GPS-maker Garmin at the time of the shooting. He was killed by a US Navy veteran, Adam Purinton, in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar last year. He yelled “Get out of my country!” before firing at Kuchibhotla and his friend, witnesses had told the police.
According to reports, Purinton has been sentenced to nearly 78 years in prison, which includes two sentences of about 14 years for the wounding the two other men. He would remain illegible for parole until after he turns 100.
“Today’s sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu, but it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable,” Kuchibhotla wife Sunayana Dumala, who was not present at the hearing, said in a statement.
“I want to thank the District Attorney’s office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice,” she added.