A man who has spent much of his adult life in jail has been sentenced to another four-years behind bars.

But Marshall Steen will be eligible for parole next year.

Steen pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to three counts of burglary and four charges of theft.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of possessing stolen property and fraud arising from a separate incident.

The court heard Steen was on parole when he burgled three properties in November and December 2011, taking property worth more than $25,000.

He gained entry to the homes by smashing rear sliding doors but left his DNA at the scene.

The error helped police to track him down.

In a pre-sentence report, Steen said he had been sloppy by leaving blood at the crime scene because on some level he hoped he would be caught.

The court heard the 49-year-old has spent 28-years of his adult life imprisoned in jails in Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

One period of incarceration included a 28-month stretch in solitary confinement in an underground cell at Brisbane's notorious Boggo Road jail.

Justice Hilary Penfold said Steen had been “seriously institutionalised and incapable of independent living”.

The judge on Tuesday sentenced Steen to four-years jail, some to be served concurrently with an existing sentence.

The ruling means Steen has been sentenced to serve a total of 14-years jail.

He will be eligible for parole in November 2013.