Serial Stowaway Gets Early Release From Jail

Marilyn Jean Hartman was released from jail three days after being ordered to serve 177 days behind bars

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    Booking photo of Marilyn Hartman from a previous Bay Area arrest. Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport arrested her again Monday night, Aug. 4, 2014.

    A serial stowaway who was sentenced this week to nearly six months behind bars for violating her probation was released from jail Saturday.

    Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was released just after 6 p.m. from Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood because of jail overcrowding, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

    Sheriff’s officials said the decision to release Hartman was based on a formula that includes severity of crime and length of sentence.

    Sheriff’s officials planned to inform Los Angeles International Airport police about Hartman’s release.

    On Wednesday, a judge ordered Hartman to serve 177 days in jail for wandering through LAX terminals on Aug. 7 after being told the previous day to "stay away from LAX" and placed on 24 months probation.

    Hartman was first arrested Aug. 4 at Los Angeles International Airport after Los Angeles police say she got through security at Mineta San Jose International Airport and boarded an LA-bound flight.

    Hartman has previously breached security at San Francisco International Airport and has a history of trying to get on flights without a ticket, officials said. She had at least seven encounters with police at SFO and was arrested four times, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

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