Lawrence Ripple Robs Bank To Escape Wife, Is Sentenced To Home Confinement

Lawrence Ripple was sentenced to home confinement after robbing a bank to escape his wife.

Lawrence Ripple was sentenced to home confinement after robbing a bank to escape his wife.

Lawrence Ripple Sentenced To Home Confinement After Robbing Bank To Escape Wife

Kansas City, KS –  Lawrence Ripple said that he robbed a bank last year in order to escape his wife, and a judge just sentenced him to six months of house arrest, according to The New York Post.

Lawrence Ripple pleaded guilty in January, and was sentenced on Tuesday.  During his sentencing, he told the judge that ‘he had heart surgery that left him depressed when he committed the bank robbery.’

Last September, Ripple walked into a Kansas City bank and handed the teller a note, demanding cash and ‘warning’ that he had a gun.  The teller gave him $2,924, and Ripple went into the bank lobby, where he told a security guard that he was the man that they were looking for.

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Officers responded quickly, and took Ripple into custody.  During the FBI’s investigation, an agent said that Ripple had been arguing with his wife before the robbery.  He even told detectives that he wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her “that he would rather be in jail than at home.”

“It was not my intention to frighten her (the teller) as I did,” Ripple said in court Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star. Ripple said that he feels better no that he’s on the proper medication.

“I feel great now,” Ripple said. “I feel like my old self.”

His public defender said had “lived a law-abiding life, had a stable relationship with his wife, and had four stepchildren.”

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