It’s like that saying – ‘you do less time for murder’…
Well – this guy might have taken some inspiration from that quote as he decided to rob a bank to get away from his wife. Yeah, you did read that correctly.
Lawrence Ripple decided to rob a bank in Kansas City last September and told police he hoped to land in prison to escape his wife. Hate to break it to you Lawrence, but there are other ways… like walking out. But that’s not for now.
Though the 71-year-old pleaded guilty to the robbery in January, he could have spent up to 37 months in prison, his attorney and federal prosecutors asked a U.S. District Court judge for leniency, writes The Kansas City Star.
So what happened? He was given six months house arrest. Oh dear.
He will also have to serve three years supervised probation, which includes 50 hours community service – as well as having to pay back the $227.27 to the bank he robbed and $100 to a crime victims fund.
Court documents say Ripple walked into the Bank of Labor, located ‘a block away from the Kansas City police headquarters’, and gave a note to the teller which read: “I have a gun, give me money.”
Ripple was handed $2,924, but instead of doing a runner, he sat down in the bank lobby to wait for police, later telling officers he’d written the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he ‘would rather be in jail than at home’.
Before this, he had no criminal record, was a father to four step-children and was in a stable relationship with his wife, the Kansas City Star writes.
According to reports, Ripple suffered from depression after having heart surgery in 2015.
In court, Ripple said that he felt better after finding the right medication and said prison would be ‘more of a punishment for his wife than for him’.