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Bank robber gets 75 years to life

A Garden Grove man was sentenced Friday under California's three-strikes law to 75 years to life in state prison for robbing three Orange County banks before his capture in Huntington Beach two years ago.

David Dennis Hill, 54, will have an additional 15 years tacked onto his sentence for prior convictions, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

They relate to two burglaries in 1984, three bank robberies in 1990 and a bank robbery in 2001, all in Los Angeles County.

Hill had also been convicted of several other crimes throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, including vehicle theft in 1982; burglary in 1984, 1985 and 1988; and petty theft with a prior conviction in 1987, according to the statement.

On April 16, Hill was found guilty of three counts of commercial burglary, two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

From July 7 to 19, 2012, Hill robbed or attempted to rob three banks in Anaheim and Huntington Beach by placing his hand inside a pocket to make it appear as if he had a gun, according to the statement. He would then demand money from the teller and threaten to kill the people inside the bank.

On the last day of his spree, Hill robbed a Union Bank in Huntington Beach and fled with an unknown amount of money. Huntington Beach police arrested him shortly after at a nearby shopping center with the money in his possession.

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