Man Who Robbed Bank to Avoid His Wife Sentenced to Home Confinement

Lawrence John Ripple took the guilty plea in January

The Kansas man who robbed a man in order to get away from his wife has been sentenced to home confinement.

He even handed the teller a note saying he'd rather be in jail than at home.

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, walked into the Bank of Labor just down the street from police headquarters in Kansas City with a note demanding money and that he had a gun.

The Kansas City Star reports that at his sentencing on Tuesday, Ripple told the judge that he had been depressed at the time, having recently undergone heart surgery.

His public defender told the court that ripple had lived a law-abiding life and was in a stable relationship with his wife. The day of the robbery, he told his wife what he was planning to do, telling her that he would rather goto prison than stay at home with her.

Ripple, who pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery count in January, said his depression had gone undiagnosed and that he was feeling like his old self after seeking help and taking medication.

But when his lawyer and the prosecuting attorneys both asked the judge for leniency, he sentenced the 71-year-old to six months at home, three years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $300 to the bank and a crime victims fund.

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