Kansas City (Web Desk): A 70-year-old man who handed a bank teller a note that read: "I have a gun, give me money" told investigators that he'd rather be imprisoned than with his wife.

Lawrence Ripple pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Kansas, to a federal bank robbery count. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Court documents show that Ripple gave a Kansas City bank teller a note on September 2, 2016 demanding cash and warning he had a gun.

Ripple grabbed nearly $3,000, sat in the lobby of Bank of Labor at 756 Minnesota Ave and told a guard he was the 'guy he was looking for,' according to the police report.

An FBI agent says Ripple had argued with his wife earlier and told her in writing he'd 'rather be in jail than at home.' Ripple's wife, Endayon, accompanied him to court Monday and the pair refused to comment, reports the Kansas City Star.