Man Robs Bank to Get Away From Wife, Ends Up With Home Confinement Sentence

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Lawrence Ripple

On September 2, 2016, then 70-year-old Lawrence Ripple robbed a Kansas City bank, but it wasn’t because he wanted money.

Ripple was tired of living with his wife, as we reported back in January:

Court documents show that Ripple gave a Bank of Labor teller a note demanding cash and warning he had a gun. After he grabbed nearly $3,000, Ripple didn’t flee: He sat in the lobby and told a guard he was the “guy he was looking for.”

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.”

On Tuesday, Ripple told a federal judge that heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself when he committed the crime.

Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January and could have spent up to 37 months in prison, which would have gotten him some time away from his wife.

But his attorney and federal prosecutors asked a U.S. District Court judge for leniency, and that request was supported by the vice president of the bank and the teller whom Ripple frightened, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania.

Citing Ripple’s health issues, remorse, and unlikeliness to offend, the judge sentenced him to six months of home confinement.

Ripple will also serve three years of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $227.27 to the bank he robbed to compensate employees for their time off because of the robbery. In addition, he was ordered to pay $100 to a crime victims’ fund, according to The Kansas City Star.

He has been attending mandated counseling sessions with his wife.

In court, Ripple said that he felt better after finding the right medication and said prison would be more of a punishment for his wife than for him.

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

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  • John C Carleton

    thats what I’m talking about, when they lock bill and hillary up, put them in the same cell naked. Now that would be cruel and unusual punishment for both of them.

    • If she weren’t in menopause, and he weren’t in probable andropause, it would give them a chance to have a child that was actually theirs since Chelsea is hers and Webster Hubble’s.

      • John C Carleton

        Yep to Chelsea’s father. Nope to the thought of a creature the mix of bill, (the walking sex attack organ), and hillary, (pure pissed off at the world and humanity because she was born). That being would be like Medusa crossed with a walking prick.

        • I’ve always thought of her as an overgrown praying mantis, given how the females treat the meals during mating. Fortunately we don’t turn to stone as a result of looking at her.

          • John C Carleton

            I Think she was the last thing Vince Foster saw.

          • She may have been, but based on Roger Stone’s extensive reporting, Foster killed himself in his office in the White House and was rolled up in a carpet and relocated to the park. Unfortunately they didn’t relocate any of the spilled blood or the gun he used, so the evidence is even fishier than it needs to be to incite suspicion. You can find the story in The Clintons’ War on Women.

          • John C Carleton

            You forgot about the blond hair found on him. And i think he had help with that Suicide. He wanted to leave the evil of the Clintons and go home to Arkansas. He knew too much.
            The Clintons arranged for him to go home to Arkansas, in a box.
            Dead men don’t testify against Bill and Hill.

          • So you are saying that the Clintons are incompetent murderers?

          • John C Carleton

            There was a independent reporter, after Bill the dick got in national office, was nosing around Arkansas. He called his wife from a motel in Little Rock. Said, i can not tell you over the phone, but i have them, i have them! I have the dirt on the Clinton s that will bring them down. That night he committed suicide, by shooting himself in the back of the head, i do not remember if it was two or three times.

          • He was obviously not independent enough.

          • John C Carleton

            He should not have talked on the Phone, in a motel in Little Rock. If one was to see all the dead from the Clintons crime spree in one pile, it would frighten the sheep.

          • Sheep don’t worry about corpses.

          • John C Carleton

            Sheep are frighten by the smell of blood. Of course, sheep are frightened of everything.

          • Are you a veterinarian?

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson
          • Tatiana Covington

            That was Medusa, in Greek mythology. But she’s pretty horrible either way. Are we sure about where she was at the time of the Roswell crash? 😉

          • Why would it matter?

          • Tatiana Covington

            She doesn’t know Attic Greek.

      • Heather Mcdougall

        Hillary isn’t in the menopause, she’s way past that, she’s post-menopausal.

  • Marine Assassin

    Somebody help this guy out and slip him a cap of cyanide. HURRY! 🙂

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      LOL. Mo’ bullets… stat!

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Aww… hell no!

    Judges are fucking assholes.

    But then again… that’s probably what I would have done, but I have a hell of a sick sense of humor and a complete understanding of irony.

    Funniest part is… I actually know the guy… his wife too.. and she is a total fucking bitch… and I’d have still done the same thing. Maybe worse.

    That judge fucked him over royally. That ol’ boy is gonna pay. Trust me on that.

    I’ll be heading up to the Leavenworth/KC area in a month or two for my fall roofing season and will probably see him. I’ll try to keep you posted on the real news. He’s a funny mother-fucker too. I can’t wait to hear him tell it.

  • This sounds like a real life repeat of the second Harry Mudd Star Trek episode.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Wife-“Jesus Lawrence, you can’t do anything right. You can’t even manage getting sent to prison. Oh, and by the way-just because you’re tethered doesn’t mean you can’t take the trash out to the street either.” Poor bastard….

  • TrevorD

    “Ripple said that he felt better after finding the right medication ”
    Yep drug him up and send him home, seems the standard.

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