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Elderly man admits to bank robbery, said he'd rather be in prison than live with his wife

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 25/01/2017 Darla Guillen, Houston Chronicle
Lawrence John Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery, saying prison is better than living with his wife. © Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office Lawrence John Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery, saying prison is better than living with his wife.

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, Monday pleaded guilty to robbing a bank last September.

According to court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram, Kansas City, Kansas, resident Ripple handed a bank teller a note that read: "I have a gun, give me money." The teller handed him $2,924, that outlet reports.

He then allegedly sat in the Bank of Labor, 756 Minnesota Ave., lobby. When a guard approached him, Ripple reportedly said: "I'm the guy you're looking for."

"Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife ... and told her he'd rather be in jail than at home," an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit, according to the Kansas City Star.

He told the bureau officials that he and his wife had argued earlier in the day and that he "no longer wanted to be in that situation."

Ripple's Kansas City U.S. District Court sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

He's out on bond and was accompanied to the courtroom by his wife.

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