|For Immediate Release
Case # 12WF1939
May 30, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Cell: 714-292-2718Farrah Emami
THIRD-STRIKER SENTENCED TO 75 YEARS TO LIFE PLUS 15 YEARSIN PRISON FOR COMMITTING ROBBERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY BANKS
SANTA ANA – A third-striker was sentenced today to 75 years to life in state prison plus an additional 15 years for committing robberies in Orange County banks. David Dennis Hill, 54, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury April 16, 2014, of three felony counts of second degree commercial burglary, two felony counts of second degree robbery, and one felony count of attempted second degree robbery. The sentencing enhancements for six prior strike convictions were found true and include: two strike convictions for committing two residential burglaries in Los Angeles County in 1984, committing three bank robberies in Los Angeles County in 1990, and committing a bank robbery in Los Angeles County in 2001. The sentencing enhancements for serving five separate prison terms and not remaining free for five years were found true and include: committing a vehicle theft in Los Angeles County in 1982, committing a residential burglary in Los Angeles County in 1984, committing a residential burglary in Orange County in 1985 and 1988, and committing a petty theft with a prior conviction in 1987 in Los Angeles County.
Circumstances of the Case
Between July 7, 2012, and July 19, 2012, Hill entered three different banks in Anaheim and Huntington Beach and robbed or attempted to rob a bank teller by hiding his hand in his pocket to appear as if he had a gun, demanding money, and threatening to kill people inside the bank.
On July 19, 2012, Hill entered a Union Bank in Huntington Beach and robbed a bank teller. Hill then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Shortly after the robbery, the bank manager saw the defendant in a nearby shopping center and contacted Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). HBPD officers arrived and found Hill with the stolen money on his person and arrested him.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Lynda Fernandez of the Felony Panel prosecuted this case.