In September of last year the story broke that a man had committed a crime so he could be thrown in jail to escape his wife.
Talk about a man who is desperate to get away.
His name is Lawrence John Ripple and is 71 years old.
He robbed a bank and sat in the lobby waiting for police.
The crime was committed via a robbery note — to which he wrote in front of his wife before he went to the bank — then handed the note reading, “I have a gun, give me money,” to a teller.
Said teller gave Ripple $2,924. Then the elderly man sat down in the bank lobby waiting to be arrested.
He had told his wife he would rather be in jail than at home with her.
Talk about a healthy marriage.
Now the judge has finally ruled on what Ripple’s punishment will be.
Turns out he is being sent somewhere worse than jail… back home!
According to The Kansas City Star, Ripple had reasons for escaping his wife and committing the crime. He told the judge his heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself.
With no prior record the judge showed some ‘mercy’ and sentenced him to home probation, due to the depression.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania said Ripple’s attorney and federal prosecutors had asked for leniency, a request supported by the vice president of the bank and the teller who got the note from Ripple.
It is unclear if Ripple actually wants to be back with his wife, but either way that is what he will get.
That is if she stuck around.