Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014
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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.

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