An abuser whose wife is divorcing him claimed in Colorado court that he converted the couple's $500,000 life savings into gold and threw it in the garbage.
Earl Ray Jones provided documents to back up his claim that he converted the cash to gold after bank tellers refused to hand him $500,000 in cash.
In a court transcript reported in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Jones said he tossed the loot — a mix of gold coins and bars — into a dumpster behind a local hotel, all to keep his wife from getting any of it.
"We say that when people are divorcing, they enter a state of temporary insanity," his wife's lawyer, John-Paul Lyle, said. "But on a scale of one to 10, this is my 10."
Jones, who was convicted in September of holding his wife captive and beating her, has rendered her "destitute," Lyle said. The schoolteacher is unable to work due to injuries she suffered at his hands.