Man robbed bank to escape wife by going to jail - and is sentenced to home confinement

Man robbed bank to escape wife by going to jail, but is given home confinement sentence

The man had said he hoped to go to jail (Stock image)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A man who robbed a bank in the hopes of being sentenced to jail to get away from his wife has been given a home confinement sentence.

Lawrence John Ripple told a judge that when he conducted the robbery in September, he didn't feel like himself and was depressed due to recent heart surgery.

The 71-year-old pleaded guilty to the crime and his attorney and federal prosecutors asked for the judge to be lenient, according to The Kansas City Star.

Assistant attorney Sheri Catania also said the push for leniency was supported by the vice president of the bank, as well as a staff member who was working during the robbery.

The judge handed Ripple a sentence of six months of home confinement, but he could have been given up to 37 months in prison.

He is also to pay $227.27 (£178.20) to the bank as compensation for staff who were sent home after the incident, as well as $100 (£78) to a fund for crime victims.

Ripple is also to serve three years of supervised probation, which includes 50 hours worth of community service.

Court documents say when he robbed the bank he showed a note which said “I have a gun, give me money" and he later told police that he had shown the note to his wife and informed her he would rather be in jail than stay at home.

Ripple is now on medication for depression and says he feels like his old self. He also claimed he now thinks that, if he was sent to prison, it would have been a bigger punishment for his wife than him.

He and his wife have also attended counselling sessions.