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Old June 14th, 2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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Remorseful husband who robbed bank to escape wife
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A remorseful 71-year-old man who robbed a Kansas City, Kan., bank last September and told police he hoped to land in prison to escape his wife told a federal judge Tuesday that heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself when he committed the crime.

Though Lawrence John Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January and could have spent up to 37 months in prison, his attorney and federal prosecutors asked a U.S. District Court judge for leniency. That request was supported by the vice president of the bank and the teller whom Ripple frightened, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania.

U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia sentenced Ripple on Tuesday to six months of home confinement after public defender Chekasha Ramsey and Catania cited Ripple’s health issues, remorse and unlikeliness to reoffend.

Ripple will also serve three years of supervised probation, including 50 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay $227.27 to the bank he robbed — the amount representing the billable hours for bank employees who were sent home on the day of robbery — and $100 to a crime victims fund.

Ripple’s story gained national attention last fall when he walked into the Bank of Labor, located a block away from the Kansas City, Kan., police headquarters, and gave a note to the teller. It read: “I have a gun, give me money,” according to court documents.

After the teller gave Ripple $2,924, Ripple sat down in the bank lobby to wait for police, and later told authorities that he had written out a robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.

Ramsey told a judge Tuesday that before the September incident, Ripple had lived a law-abiding life. He had no criminal record, was a dutiful father to four step-children and was in a stable relationship with his wife.

He suffered from depression after undergoing a quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2015, Ramsey said. The depression remained undiagnosed and manifested as irritability, so Ripple didn’t think to report his symptoms to a doctor.

Calling the robbery a “cry for help,” Ramsey said that Ripple has since been properly diagnosed, is on proper medication and feels like his normal self again.

“Mr. Ripple understands what he did and he respects the law as indicated by his past behavior,” said Ramsey, who told the judge that Ripple had also been attending mandated counseling sessions with his wife.
Lawrence Ripple, man who robbed bank to escape wife, sentenced in KCK | The Kansas City Star

So he wanted to go to jail, but he was refused.
But now, he's better off for it.
A better ending.

There should be more of a focus on "rehabilitation" in our legal system.
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Remorseful husband who robbed bank to escape wife
is sentenced to home confinement

Lawrence Ripple, man who robbed bank to escape wife, sentenced in KCK | The Kansas City Star

So he wanted to go to jail, but he was refused.
But now, he's better off for it.
A better ending.

There should be more of a focus on "rehabilitation" in our legal system.
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Remorseful husband who robbed bank to escape wife
is sentenced to home confinement

Lawrence Ripple, man who robbed bank to escape wife, sentenced in KCK | The Kansas City Star

So he wanted to go to jail, but he was refused.
But now, he's better off for it.
A better ending.

There should be more of a focus on "rehabilitation" in our legal system.
Cruel and inhumane punishment. Unconstitutional!!!
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