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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge sentenced a man to serve 10 years for robbing two local banks.

At the hearing, Troy Gay apologized to the bank tellers, his family and society for his "bad choices." His attorney said Gay's actions were a direct result of his drug addiction.

The judge, however, pointed out these were two separate robberies a month apart and required planning for each.

District Attorney Chris Almy said, "Certainly drugs are a factor for many crimes committed in this area. He was supposed to address that issue before and he didn't. He has a drug problem but that can't be an excuse for committing criminal conduct. It's a reason people commit crimes, but it is not a good excuse."

Gay made an initial appearance in court June 13 and entered a not guilty plea to the robberies. He then changed his plea to guilty at the beginning of August. The first robbery took place on March 20 at the Camden National Bank in Corinth. The second was on April 25 at the Bangor Savings Bank in Orono. Police said Gay wore a mask at both robberies and did not have a weapon.

Gay has a criminal record that includes a 2009 conviction for bank robberies in Bangor and Howland. Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to serve three and a half years of an eight year sentence.

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