Crime & Courts

Robber preferred jail to living with his wife. He may get his wish.

Lawrence Ripple, 70
Lawrence Ripple, 70 Courtesy photo

A 70-year-old Kansas man who told authorities he preferred jail to living with his wife may get his wish now that he’s pleaded guilty to robbing a bank last fall.

Lawrence John Ripple faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release. Ripple, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday to robbing the Bank of Labor at 756 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City on Sept. 2.

After the theft, he sat in the bank’s lobby and waited for police to arrive. He later told investigators that he’d argued with his wife and would rather go to prison than return home.

His sentencing date has not yet been set.

Kansas City Star reporters Tony Rizzo and Dave Helling discusses the strange bank robbery that happened in Kansas City, Kansas. A 70-year-old man charged with robbing a bank said he did it because he preferred a jail cell over living with his wife

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