A 71-year-old Kansas man who admitted to robbing a bank so he could get away from his wife was sentenced to house arrest Tuesday.
According to an AP report, Lawrence John Ripple said he was suffering from depression when he went to the Bank of Labor — just one block from Kansas City Police headquarters — last September and handed a teller a note saying he had a gun and wanted money. He reportedly waited for police to arrive after receiving the money.
Prior to arriving at the bank, court records say, Ripple told his wife he would rather be in jail than continue living with her, then proceeded to write the robbery note in front of her.
Ripple blamed his actions on a recent heart surgery that he said left him feeling depressed. The judge then sentenced him to six months of home confinement and 50 hours of community service.
Looks like this judge has a good sense of humor. How do you punish a guy that just robbed a bank to get away from his wife? You sentence him to a fate worse than prison, which for him is six months of the same nightmare he was just trying to escape.