A Kansas City man claimed he robbed a bank because he wanted to go to prison to avoid going home to his wife. His wish didn’t come true. On Tuesday, Lawrence John Ripple, 71, was sentenced in federal court to six months home confinement and 50 hours of community service, according to The Wichita Eagle.
Ripple robbed a bank in September, giving a note to the bank teller that read: “I have a gun, give me money,” according to The Kansas City Star. After robbing the bank, Ripple sat down in the lobby and waited for the police. He told law enforcement that he and his wife had an argument, which made him decide that he’d rather be in prison than go back home.
In court on Tuesday, Ripple’s public defender called the robbery a “cry for help.” Ramsey has been since diagnosed, and is on medication. He has also been attending mandated counseling sessions with his wife.
[Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office]