Man who robbed bank to get away from wife, sentenced to home confinement

Man who robbed bank to get away from wife, sentenced to home confinement

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2017-06-16 18:56:40



A 71-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife said he did it because he was depressed.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to six months home confinement.

Ripple went to the Bank of Labor, only one block from police headquarters, last September. He gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and was demanding money. After he was given the cash, Ripple waited for police.

Court records indicate Ripple wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.

The Kansas City Star reports Ripple told the judge Tuesday that heart surgery left him depressed and unlike himself before he robbed the bank.

An assistant U.S. atttorney went along with the light sentence, saying Ripple has health problems, has shown remorse and is unlikely to commit any more crimes.