Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation
This undated booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman was released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago on Thursday, July 2, 2015, and says sheâs through with her run of stowaway attempts. She was arrested April 24, for loitering in a restricted area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land and released. She was arrested again in Chicago on Sunday May 3, at Midway International Airport and charged with the same offense in addition to violating her bail bond. Hartman has succeeded in getting on a flight at least once without a ticket. She has previously said she's mentally ill and homeless. (Cook County Sheriff's Department via AP)
This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows 64-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman, who has a history of sneaking aboard airplanes, was arrested again Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. She is charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor criminal trespass. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
This combination of four 2014 booking photos released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
This March, 2014 photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
By MATT HAMILTON
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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