US Navy veteran pleads guilty to Indian techie Srinivas’s murder

Wednesday, 07/03/2018

Washington : A US Navy veteran on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the murder of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year that drew international attention.

Adam Purinton, 52, pleaded guilty before a Kansas court.

He was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, 32, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his friend, Alok Madasani, and a bystander, who chased Purinton after he fled the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe city on February 22 last year.

Purinton, yelled, “Get out of my country,” before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died of injuries sustained in the attack.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked as engineers at Garmin, a tech company that makes GPS devices.

Puriton had earlier pleaded not guilty on all these charges and waived his preliminary hearing in late November 2017.

Before allowing Purinton’s plea, Judge Charles Droege explained to him that changing his plea meant he would face life in prison, as well as a minimum of 146 months, maximum of 653 months in prison for attempted murder, not to mention the sentence he’ll face if convicted of a hate crime in federal court.

Purinton told the judge he understood and then he sat down as the State presented the details of the incident last February.

Kuchibhotla’s widow Sunayana Dumala welcomed the guilty plea.

“Today’s guilty verdict will not bring back my Srinu, but it will send a strong message that hate is never acceptable,” she said in a statement.

Purinton sentencing is scheduled for May 4.

According to court documents, Purinton’s plea hearing was originally scheduled for May 8 but later it was moved to March 6.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Purinton committed offences after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, and knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene.

The murder generated immense outrage in India.

The murder also drew international attention and raised fears of growing intolerance in America.

Many blamed US President Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric on immigration, but the White House rejected any link between that and the shooting.

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Akalis ‘beat up’ Cong leader in Dharamkot

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Will try to raise Johal issue with Modi: UK minister

Wednesday, 14/03/2018

LONDON: The Theresa May government on Tuesday said it will try to raise the issue of British national Jagtar Singh Johal – who is under arrest in Punjab since November 2017 – with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he will visit London for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in April.