Man who said he robbed bank to get arrested, avoid wife, sentenced to home confinement

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Published 8:02 am, Monday, June 19, 2017

A man who admitted he robbed a bank so he could be arrested to avoid his wife was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement, essentially achieving the opposite result.  

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, in January pleaded guilty to a September Kansas City, Kansas, bank robbery.

According to court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram, Ripple handed a bank teller a note that read: “I have a gun, give me money.” The teller handed him $2,924, that outlet reports.


He then allegedly sat in the Bank of Labor lobby until a guard approached him, and Ripple reportedly said: “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”

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“Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife … and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit, according to the Kansas City Star. He told the bureau officials that he and his wife had argued earlier in the day and that he “no longer wanted to be in that situation.”

He told the judge he was undergoing depression after having heart surgery when he committed the crime, the outlet reports

On top of the six-month sentence, Ripple was ordered to pay $227.27 to the bank he robbed. He must also serve 50 hours of community and three years of supervised probation. 


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