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Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who flew from San Jose to Southern California without a ticket was sentenced to 177 days in jail Wednesday after acknowledging that she violated her probation by returning to the Los Angeles airport.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was found wandering through airport terminals after a judge ordered her to stay away from the facility, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney's office.

While ordering the sentence, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Alan Rubin scolded Hartman for wasting law enforcement resources at an airport that accommodates more than 65 million travelers a year.

"Recently we had shootings here, somebody killed here at LAX. There have been in the past bombing attempts," Rubin said. "I want and I intend to have police resources to be used in those kinds of matters. Not this."

Hartman's public defender Larissa Cesareo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hartman previously made repeated attempts to sneak aboard flights at other airports, according to authorities.

Airport police spotted her at LAX without a ticket on Aug. 7, a day after a judge placed her on probation for two years for sneaking aboard the Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles.

At Mineta San Jose International Airport, Hartman tried at least three times to get to a plane before she finally went past a security screener who was busy checking a family's documents, law enforcement officials said.

Her boarding status was discovered once the Southwest flight landed in Los Angeles, the officials said.

Hartman later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway on an aircraft. A judge ordered her to stay away from LAX unless she had a valid ticket.

Outside the courthouse last week, Hartman said she would never try to sneak onto a plane again. "It was stupid, and it is something I don't want to repeat," she said.

Still, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said he had a feeling the woman "with a fixation on flying" would return to LAX, so police passed out fliers with her picture.

In February, Hartman was sentenced to 18 months' probation in San Mateo County after being arrested for attempting to board three Hawaii-bound flights at San Francisco International Airport on three separate days.

Her breach of security at the San Jose airport caused federal officials and the airline to launch investigations. It also prompted criticism of the airport in light of the trespassing of a teenage boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight and survived an arduous journey to Maui.

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paxrail August 14 2014 at 3:21 AM

It was clear in her speaking style and body language after the Southwest flight that she was absolutely indeed going to do this again. It was so obvious as she was being interviewed on television that it completely mystifies me as to why she has not been evaluated for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or perhaps some kind of dementia. Her mental illness (whatever it turns out to be) was absolutely obvious in the interview. I can't believe ANYONE actually believed she wasn't going to try it again when she said "It was stupid, and it is something I don't want to repeat." She may NOT want to repeat the behavior but she finds that she HAS to. Jail time is hardly the cure for what is ailing her. It's not like she just suddenly decided to act like an idiot. It's pretty obvious that she has been acting weird for a very long time.

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eltrip paxrail August 14 2014 at 2:40 PM

I find it personally amusing someone so obviously unstable could outwit the TSA on their own turf..... Maybe they could learn something from her.

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TR by ML Neal... August 14 2014 at 12:31 AM

Put her sorry butt to work at the bus station after she gets out of jail. That'll clear any thougnts of travel ever again.

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brenhatestwinkie TR by ML Neal... August 14 2014 at 1:30 AM


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Jeff August 14 2014 at 12:59 AM

Why put this woman in jail and waste taxpayer money. Instead make her wear a tracking device that would beep at the central station whenever she is within a mile of an airport.

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smashingmonkey Jeff August 14 2014 at 10:48 AM

Because that is what we do in this country. We lock people up. In the last forty years, incarceration rates have gone through the roof. It is something we rarely discuss, but it is a national embarrassment. We have more people locked up in the USA than any other country does, including China. Which is remarkable since China is repressive and has a billion more people. We have more people locked up today than Stalin ever did at the height of the Soviet gulags. Yet incarceration is consistently the choice for our courts. It simply breeds recidivism, and we know this, but the jails keep getting built and people are making money. So onward to new records of incarceration!

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Kenny August 14 2014 at 12:44 AM

She belongs in the Nut House

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smashingmonkey Kenny August 14 2014 at 10:45 AM

Probably. One of the sad developments in our society over the past couple of decades has been the phenomenon of using jail to deal with mentally ill people. We continually slash mental health resources from budgets, but we keep building jails. More and more jails.

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dgoffnspector smashingmonkey August 14 2014 at 2:21 PM

And slash rehabilitation funding and alternative sentencing programs. They cut too deeply into the profit margins of the Prison Industrial Complex.

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pagebassman August 14 2014 at 2:45 AM

177 days hell why not take her out to dinner while your at it judge. with her continual attempts at flying with no ticket she needs a harsh reality check!

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Jeff August 14 2014 at 1:01 AM

I am sorry I forgot to mention, that I live in Hawaii and we don't need another potentially homeless person living here.

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Kma Jeff August 14 2014 at 10:56 AM

You do have a terrible homeless problem. There are some really rough areas there.

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bobkat15 Jeff August 14 2014 at 1:43 PM

I guess send her to NYC then...because we don't have enough homeless here.

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erv3933 August 14 2014 at 1:07 AM

AOL, this is old news. Try to catch up.

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Kathy erv3933 August 14 2014 at 2:50 AM

"Sentenced to 177 days in jail" on Wednesday is old news? Where are you getting your news from?

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dgoffnspector Kathy August 14 2014 at 2:24 PM

The future, apparently. Maybe next time, he'll post some winning lottery numbers, instead,.

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Danny August 14 2014 at 9:25 AM

She got just what she wanted; Room and board with meals for 6 months.

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cgssnavickas August 14 2014 at 12:01 PM

Despite what she says about never doing it again, she will continue to do so. A fixation on flying may be a symptom of an underlying mental problem. Could be stemmed from loniness or the need to be freed from either a mental or physical thing.

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cgssnavickas cgssnavickas August 14 2014 at 12:02 PM

* lonliness, not loniness.

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b.shagnasty August 14 2014 at 12:53 PM

....in an age where everyone is screaming mental illness is the root of all uncommon action by humans....

Here is a true case of someone who needs metal health help, assistance, and treatment.

....and as usual it's all been talk. Because they simply threw her in jail.

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hpycmpr155 b.shagnasty August 14 2014 at 4:19 PM

Thank you for a reasonable, sensible response.

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