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Man Who Robbed Bank to Avoid His Wife Sentenced to Home Confinement

He wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home

A 70-year-old Kansas man who said he robbed a Kansas City bank so he could get away from his wife was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement.

A federal judge also sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to three years of supervised probation, including 50 hours of community service, the Kansas City Star reports.

Ripple went to the Bank of Labor — a block from police headquarters — last September. He gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and was demanding money. After the teller handed him the cash, Ripple waited for police.

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Court records indicate Ripple wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.

Ripple told the judge Tuesday that heart surgery left him depressed and unlike himself before he robbed the bank. He had no criminal record, was a good father to four step-children and was in a stable relationship with his wife.

Ripple's public defender said he has since been properly diagnosed, is on proper medication and feels like his normal self again, the Kansas City Star reports.

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