Kansas City (NBC News) A man accused of robbing a bank says he committed the crime because he would rather be imprisoned than live with his wife.
Court documents say 70-year old Lawrence John Ripple gave a note to a teller at a Kansas City Bank on Friday, demanding money and warning that he was armed.
When authorities arrived, they didn’t have to go far to find Ripple. He was waiting for officers in the lobby with the cash he’d taken.
Ripple had reportedly argued with his wife earlier, and said he wrote the note in front of her, saying that he would rather be in jail than at home.
Ripple’s wife said the argument started when she reminded Ripple the laundry dryer still needed to be fixed. She said Ripple hasn’t acted like this in their 33 years of marriage.
Ripple faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. Before this incident he had no criminal record.
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