There's of course the old joke that marriage is associated with carrying around a ball and chain.

One married man in Kansas City, Kan., though would actually rather have the physical ball and chain!

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a bank in September. At the time, he told investigators that he would rather be imprisoned than live with his wife.


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According to The Associated Press, court documents reveal that Ripple gave a bank teller a note, which read, "I have a gun, give me money."

The teller gave him $2,924, but rather than fleeing, Ripple took a seat in the bank's lobby.

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

As he was being questioned, he told police and FBI agents that he had a fight with his wife earlier that day and "no longer wanted to be in that situation."

The Kansas City Star reported that Ripple's wife accompanied him to the courthouse Monday. They declined to comment following the hearing.

Ripple faces up to 20 years in prison for the robbery.


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