Man pleads guilty in deadly Kansas bar shooting

Adam Purinton faces federal hate crime charges in a 2017 shooting targeting two men from India

A Kansas man who fatally shot an Indian immigrant in a bar past year pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old Purinton was arrested 5 hours after the incident and was subsequently charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his friend, Alok Madasani and bystander Grillot.

Purinton, yelled, "Get out of my country", before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries sustained in the attack. The Indian techie was shot dead in a crowded bar in Olathe, Kansas City, the United States on February 22, 2017. A third man, Ian Grillot, was injured by gunfire when he tried to intervene.

Dumala, who now has an H-1B visa and started a Facebook page to bring attention to immigration and related issues, was local Congressman Kevin Yoder's guest at President Trump's first state of the union address in January.

Both of the men worked for Garmin, the Olathe-based technology firm. According to reports, Judge Charles Droege explained to him that changing his sentence meant he could face a life term in jail, as well as a minimum of 146 months, maximum of 653 months in prison for attempted murder.

A federal grand jury in June also indicted Purinton on two hate crime charges for killing Kuchibhotla and attempting to kill Madasani.

According to court documents, Purinton was asked to leave the bar when he made derogatory comments.

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Following the culprit accepting the guilt, victim's wife hoped that this will send a strong message that hate is never acceptable.

KCUR radio station reported that in a filing in February, the federal judge told the federal Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decide within 90 days whether to seek the death penalty for Purinton in that case.

Kuchibhotla, who was shot at least three times, was declared dead at a nearby hospital.

He barged back in, hurling racial slurs and shouting, "Get out of my country!" at two Indian men before firing shots, witnesses recalled.

"We must understand and love one another", Dumala wrote in her statement.

Purinton's sentencing is scheduled for May 4.

After the shooting, Purinton went to an Applebee's in Missouri where he allegedly told a bartender that he'd "just killed two Middle Eastern men".

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