Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman sent to mental health facility again after latest Chicago arrest

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The "serial stowaway," Marilyn Hartman, was given mental health probation and six months at a treatment facility with GPS monitoring following her latest Chicago arrest at an airport bus stop.

Hartman has a history of sneaking aboard airplanes. In February, Hartman was sent to a Chicago nursing home following her arrest.

Police say she was arrested Feb. 17 at a bus shuttle center at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Terminal 2. Hartman pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and two violations of probation.

"It's the end of the line," Judge William Raines said. "I can't tell you how mad - I'm mad that you violated my trust."

If there is any violation, Hartman will go to jail.

Hartman has tried numerous times in recent years to board planes without a ticket, succeeding at least once. She was arrested twice in two days last summer at O'Hare and Chicago's Midway International Airport.

Hartman, 64, was released on probation to the nursing home in December, and ordered to avoid airports and Chicago's Union Station.

Police officers, counselors and attorneys have attempted to help Hartman, who is described as homeless and has no family support.

Despite similar sentencing previously, Hartman's public defender contends the best place for her is in treatment.

"I am optimistic... that she's done," said attorney Parle Roe-Taylor.

On Thursday, it was revealed in court that during her last stint in treatment, Hartman tried to leave the facility seven times.

While the judge wished her luck, he shared his trepidation that Hartman may be addicted to attention and may end up back in court.
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