Killer gets life sentence for racially motivated murders

You may recall the case of a man who killed an Indian-American and wounded another in a bar in Kansas because he thought they were Iranian. He had yelled “terrorist” and “get out of my country” at them before going home, getting one of his guns, returning to the bar, and shooting them. He also wounded a third person who tried to help, He has now been sentenced to three life terms without parole.

Adam Purinton, 52, killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounded Alok Madasani at a bar in the city of Olathe, Kansas, in February last year.

Purinton called the men “terrorists” and yelled “get out of my country”, before later shooting them.

He said he fired on the two men, who worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin, thinking they were Iranian.

A third man, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, was wounded when he tried to intervene.

This is the kind of country that Donald Trump is creating.


  1. says

    Yep. Definitely recall. He once worked for the same company as I and we had a number of mutual friends both here in the USA and over in India. (I do not recall ever meeting him personally.) I was at my company’s Hyderabad office at the time, so I heard about this hours after it had happened from some of those mutual friends over in India.

  2. fentex says

    This is the kind of country that Donald Trump is creating.

    Trump did not create the gun culture or violence of the U.S.

    Not all bad things that happen after his election are his fault and it’s as logical to hold his election up as an effect as much as a cause of events and circumstances -- he was elected, he did not invade and conquer the U.S.

    It’s just as likely Trump is a perfectly good representative for, and of, the U.S.

  3. EigenSprocketUK says

    @Fentex, Let’s wait for the moment when Trump tells everyone what a tragedy this was, and how we must stop behaving like this to each other, beginning with example efforts to do something about it. That’s the moment when we’ll know if this is the sort of country he is creating.

  4. bmiller says

    And yet, even some members of groups frequently victimized and attacked by the white nationalists in ascendancy under Trump still persuade themselves that THEY are not the target, that Trump is Businessman President just like THEM.

    Just like I don’t understand the concept of “Log Cabin Republicans”. You dislike taxes so much that you support a political party whose dominant threads want to exterminate you?

    Sad story: In Modesto, a Sikh was jumped by two Nazis. The only thing that saved him was his turban cushioning the blows.
    Why was he out and about? He was posting political signs. For the very party that has encouraged and energized the Nazis who attacked him.

    I despise the feeble Democratic Party of Schumer and his ilk. But I would argue it is immoral to vote for any politician above the level of city council member who runs under the political party that is enabling Trump.

  5. bmiller says

    fentex: I see this as a feedback loop. The nastiness is there, burbling under the surface. As exhibited during the neoconservative administration of Barrack Obama who, despite his actual policies and actions was viciously attacked by the cave dwellers and trolls that are a good 20% of the population. Trump emboldens them, brings them out of the woodwork.

  6. jrkrideau says

    No, I doubt that this is the country that Trump is creating. He may be encouraging it but it already existed. How many people were linched in the last 100 years?

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