New York, May 28 : An Indian-origin man, convicted of going on a shooting spree and killing two persons including his estranged wife in a Clifton church in New Jersey, has been awarded a double life sentence without parole by a judge.
Joseph Pallipurath, 29, drove from California to New Jersey in 2008 and shot to death two people in the St Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church. A woman, who is now wheelchair-bound for life, was also injured in the attack.
The victims were his estranged wife Reshma James (24) and Dennis John (25), a parishioner who tried to help her.
"Nobody can understand or comprehend the feeling, suffering and emptiness that my family and I have to go through," Aley John, the victim's mother, was quoted as saying by the CBS News.
James' aunt expressed forgiveness. "We (the) James family forgive you for all that you have done to Reshma," Maria Joseph said."Though a husband like you never deserve that." Pallipurath received a consecutive 20-year sentence for attempted murder for shooting Silvy Perincheril, who is now wheelchair-bound for life.
"The court gave him what he deserved so there's nothing more we can say," Suja Auummoottil, aunt of Perincheril, said.
Perincheril's son, Jacob, told the court: "Now, it's difficult for her to move from one room to another...She's still haunted by the defendant's angry face that morning. She still feels he's going to harm her."
The defendant admitted his guilt, but insisted it was not intentional. "I'd like to say that I'm very sorry for what I did, I didn't intend to do it but I had no control over myself that day."Pallipurath's lawyer has said that the sentence will be appealed. PTI