Man who robbed bank to get away from wife gets 6 months home confinement


Lawrence John Ripple Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office

(Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office: Lawrence John Ripple)

71-year-old Lawrence John Ripple from Kansas City robbed a bank in September hoping he would get a prison sentence so he could get away from his wife.  But it looks the fruits of his labor didn't pay off, because he got sentenced to 6 months of home confinement.

Ripple was looking at 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to the robbery, but instead the judge decided to really make him suffer.

He's expected to serve 3 years probation and 50 hours of community service, plus he has to pay back the bank the $227.27 he stole from them.

During the heist Ripple, who had no prior criminal history before the robbery, sat down in the bank's lobby to wait for police to arrest him after he requested $2, 924 from a teller.

Ripple blamed his strange behavior on depression after having a quadruple bypass surgery in 2015, and he's since asked not to receive a prison sentence.

Maybe him and his wife will hit it off again? That's even more time to spend together.

Read more at the Kansas City Star.


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