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Judge sentences Adam Purinton to life in prison

Posted: 3:17 PM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-04 22:57:39-04

OLATHE, Kan. – The man who killed one person and injured two others at an Olathe bar in 2017 will live the rest of his life in prison.

Johnson County, Kan. District Court Judge James Charles Droege sentenced Adam Purinton to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March

Purinton, 52, would not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100.

Purinton was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla  and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Alok Madasani  and Ian Grillot  on February 22, 2017, at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe.

In addition to the state charges, Purinton faces prosecution in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas filed hate crime charges against Purinton last June.

Purinton initially pleaded not guilty in that case, but has scheduled a hearing on May 21 in Kansas City, Kan. to change his plea in the case

Court records released in the state criminal case indicated that before the shooting, Purinton allegedly asked the victims if their “status was legal.” 

Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Kuchibhotla, submitted a victim impact statement to the court as part of Friday's hearing.

In it, Dumala wrote she wished Purinton "had the ability to see beyond my husband's skin color and the beautiful and kind-hearted person underneath it."

READ THE FULL STATEMENT:

 

 

Dumala also released a video following the judge's sentence: