Indian-origin man gets life term for killing wife

New York: 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.