Adam W. Purinton, the Olathe resident who was sentenced to life in prison last week for killing a Garmin engineer and wounding two other men, plans to plead guilty to hate crime charges and avoid a possible death sentence in federal court.
A change of plea hearing is set for May 21, the day Purinton turns 53 years old, before U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, according to courtroom minutes filed on Wednesday. Purinton had previously pleaded not guilty to the hate crime charges.
A federal grand jury last June accused Purinton of shooting and killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and attempting to kill Kuchibhotlas friend, Alok Madasani, because of their race, color, religion or national origin. Both men hailed from India.