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

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A robber says he stuck up a bank because he “would rather be in jail than at home” with his wife – and his plan blew up in his face.

Lawrence John Ripple, 71, robbed a bank last September. Police said he walked in and gave the teller a note that read, "I have a gun, give me money."

The teller turned over the cash, but Ripple didn’t run. He just sat and waited in the lobby.

When a security guard approached him, he quickly confessed and was taken into custody.

Ripple allegedly told police he robbed the bank because he couldn’t spend another moment at home with his wife.

He learned his fate this week, but it didn’t turn out as he had hoped.

Ripple was sentenced to 6 months of home confinement, in addition to 3 years of probation and 50 hours of community service, according to the Kansas City Star. He also owes more than $200 to the bank he robbed.

The punishment could’ve been much harsher, but the public defender said Ripple was suffering from depression and the robbery was a “cry for help.”

Lawrence John Ripple, 70.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 71-year-old Kansas man who admitted to robbing a bank because he’d “rather be in jail than at home” with his wife was sentenced to home confinement.

On Tuesday, Lawrence John Ripple was sentenced to six months of home confinement, according to the Kansas City Star. The sentence, which could have been up to 37 months in prison, was reduced after the public defender told the judge that Ripple suffered from depression after heart surgery and called the robbery a “cry for help.”

Ripple is also expected to serve three years’ probation and 50 hours of community service, as well as pay the bank he robbed $227.27.

In September 2016, he gave the bank teller a note that read, “I have a gun, give me money.”

The teller gave him the money and instead of running away, he took the cash and sat in the lobby.

When approached by a security guard, Ripple quickly gave himself up and was taken into custody.

When asked about the incident, he told investigators that he wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her “he would rather be in jail than at home.”