SANTA ANA (  —  Authorities said a 54-year-old career criminal has been sentenced to 75 years to life behind bars for robbing two Orange County banks and for trying to stick up a third two years ago.

David Dennis Hill did not use a gun or hurt anyone during the commission of the crimes and his attorney asked the judge for leniency.

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But Orange County Superior Court Judge John D. Conley said the state’s three strikes law left him little choice or discretion.

“You’re intelligent and articulate, but you are also a bank robber,” the judge said.

Hill has an extensive rap sheet including five bank robbery convictions and more than a dozen other felonies. While being admonished by the judge, he nodded in agreement.

In a written statement to the court, Hill described himself as state-born and prison-raised. He copped to his bank robbery convictions in 1990 and 2000 and said “here I am again.”

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The judge tabulated credit for time served and various fines — none of which Hill could pay — and wished Hill luck.

“Mr. Hill, good luck to you. You know I’m not doing this because I hate you. It’s just the law,” Conley said.

While already on parole in 2012, Hill robbed a Bank of America in Huntington Beach netting $1,900, according to court records. He tried to rob a Bank of America in Anaheim 11 days later but ran out when a teller “froze.” He also robbed a Union Bank in Huntington Beach the next day, getting a little more than $1,300.

Hill’s attorney noted that her client’s life of crime started when he was a juvenile and progressed because of substance abuse.

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While the judge said he remained sympathetic, Hill “fit the bill” of a third-strike offender. Under that law,  a person convicted of third serious or violent felony can be sentenced to 25 years to life.