US navy veteran pleads guilty to Indian techie's murder
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 raised fears of growing intolerance in America following President Donald Trump s tough rhetoric on immigration.
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 from 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.