71-year old Lawrence John Ripple was fed up with his wife, so he decided to deliberately attempt to rob a bank, get caught and get sent to jail. Instead, he received some truly poetic justice!
Last September, Ripple went up to a teller’s window at the Bank of Labor with a note reading “I have a gun, give me money”, The Kansas City Star reported.
The teller complied, handing him $2,924 in cash.
Instead of running away with the loot, Ripple just sat down in a chair in the bank lobby and nonchalantly told a guard that he was the “guy he was looking for”.
Then he calmly waited in the lobby for police to arrive, and immediately surrendered himself to authorities without a struggle. So far, so good.
During questioning, Ripple told the police that he would “rather be in jail than at home”, and that he wanted to go to jail to get away from his wife.
Ripple’s attorney noted that his client had suffered from severe depression after a quadruple bypass surgery in 2015, and claimed that the robbery was a “cry for help”.
Now, Ripple could have been sentenced to up to 37 months in prison. But due to the unique nature of the ‘robbery’, prosecutor Sheri Catania agreed that the case called for leniency in the sentencing.
“What’s got lost in the news reports is that Mr. Ripple went to a bank, robbed it and never left,” Catania said, also mentioning that Ripple returned the money shortly after the robbery took place.
That’s when the poetic justice came into play. Ripple committed the robbery to get away from his wife and his goal was jail time. So what was the lenient sentence he got? A six month sentence of home arrest…with his wife and four stepchildren. Like I said, poetic justice!
In addition, Ripple was given three years of supervised probation, 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $227 in compensation to the Bank of Labor for the work time that was lost as a result of the robbery.
I can just imagine Ripple’s face when he heard the sentence. And his wife’s.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.