Kansas City, Kansas. John Ripple walked into a bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash and stating he had a gun. The teller handed over $2,924.00. Ripple then sat in the lobby for police to arrive.
Ripple surrendered. Upon his arrest, he told investigators that he wrote the note in front of his wife, telling her he’d rather be in in jail than live with her.
Prior to sentencing, Ripple sought leniency as he was facing up to 37 months in prison. Ripple cited his recent heart surgery and depression, causing him to not “be himself.” Interestingly, the bank vice president and teller also supported a lesser sentence.
In a twist of fate, the Court sentenced Ripple to 6-months of home confinement. Sentencing him to the fate he was seeking to escape. There has been no update as to whether he was seeking post-conviction relief for cruel and unusual punishment, being forced to live with your spouse.
Matthew Thompson is a divorce attorney in Mississippi and reminds you there are easier ways than robbing a bank to get divorced.
5 months ago Mike got divorced.
It was a 15-year long marriage. For much of it Mike was unemployed. Eileen had had enough. Eileen had to pay Mike alimony based on their respective earnings, earning capacities and work histories.
5 months later Mike won $273 million dollars in the New Jersey lottery.
Upon learning of the win, Eileen said “He’s not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money.”
Mike responded, “$270 million does not make me appealing to her — that’s what she said?”
“It’s over with…I just want her to stop being in my life.”
While it appears no amount of money could salvage this relationship, Mike plans to salve his wounds with a new pickup truck, a vacation and listening to his lawyer.
Eileen has a basis to modify and possibly terminate her alimony obligations to Mike. Win, win.
Matthew Thompson is an Alimony Lawyer in Mississippi which just approved lotteries. Get ready!