Lawrence John Ripple, a 71-year-old who robbed a bank, telling authorities he would rather be in jail then spend another day with his wife, was sentenced today by a smart judge who decided NOT to give him jail time.
Instead, the 71-year-old will now be confined to his home for at least 6 months, before facing three years of probation.
Ripple pled guilty back in January, where he also told the court he committed the crime because of his depression. He admitted to being depressed after having a quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2015, and expressed his remorse for his crimes to the court.
The Daily Mail reports:
A 71-year-old man who said he robbed a bank because he’d rather be imprisoned than at home with his wife blamed his actions on depression in court on Tuesday.
A federal judge sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to six months of home confinement and three years of probation after he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas bank, the Kansas City Star reported.
Ripple made headlines in September 2016 after he got into an argument with his wife, told her he’d rather be imprisoned, and demanded cash from a bank teller only to wait in the lobby for the police to arrive.
Ripple, who pleaded guilty in January, said he suffered from depression after a quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2015 and expressed his remorse in court on Tuesday.
Court documents show that Ripple gave a Kansas City bank teller a note on September 2, 2016 that read: ‘I have a gun, give me money’.
After the teller handed over $2,924, Ripple sat in the lobby of Bank of Labor at 756 Minnesota Ave and told a guard he was the ‘guy he was looking for,’ according to the police report.
An FBI agent says Ripple had argued with his wife earlier and told her in writing he’d ‘rather be in jail than at home.’
Ripple, who pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery count in January, said his depression had gone undiagnosed and that he was feeling like his old self after seeking help and taking medication.
His wife was in the courtroom on Tuesday when Ripple apologized to the Bank of Labor and the teller, saying he didn’t mean to scare her during the robbery.
is attorney Chekasha Ramsey called his client’s actions a ‘cry for help’ and pointed to Ripple’s clean record prior to the bank robbery.
Ramsey asked for leniency, citing Ripple’s health and remorse in a case supported by federal prosecutors.
US District Court Judge Carlos Murguia granted the request, sentencing Ripple to just six months of home confinement. The 71-year-old was facing 37 months in prison.
Ripple is also required to serve three years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $300 to the bank and a crime victims fund.