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Man robs Kansas bank to 'escape wife'

26 January 2017

A 70-year-old man who told investigators after robbing a Kansas bank that he'd rather be imprisoned than with his wife has admitted carrying out the holdup.

The bank in question is just a block away from the nearby police station, reported Kansas

When police officers arrived, Ripple said he was the culprit and was taken into custody.

He pleaded guilty and now faces up to 20 years in the slammer.

Lawrence ripple pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a bank in Kansas City, Kansas, last September.

The geriatric thief told said in a police interview that he had been fighting with his wife and he "no longer wanted to be in that situation".

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Prosecutors and the defense attorney will determine what sentence they believe is appropriate.

Ripple's sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court papers: "Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife... and told her he'd rather be in jail than at home". Ripple was charged in September and was released on bond.

Later that day, Ripple was questioned by police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

But after grabbing nearly $3,000, Ripple patiently waited in the lobby for police to arrive, telling a guard that he was 'the guy they were looking for'.

Man robs Kansas bank to 'escape wife'