Judge denies request to move O'Hare stowaway from jail to homeless program

Posted2/7/2018 2:34 PM

Marilyn Hartman will remain locked up on charges stemming from her latest arrest on airport grounds after a Cook County judge on Wednesday denied a request to move the 66-year-old into a "secure" facility outside the jail.

Hartman has been held without bail since last week after her arrest in Terminal 3 at O'Hare Airport, just days after she was released from custody on charges alleging she sneaked aboard a British Airways flight to London and made it to Heathrow Airport.

Hartman's lawyer and Sheriff Tom Dart have said the Chicago native does not belong in a jail cell, and on Wednesday, Hartman's attorney asked Judge Donald Panarese Jr. to allow her to be moved to a site managed by A Safe Haven, a nonprofit that provides housing and counseling for former jail inmates who are homeless or have substance abuse problems.

Frowning at the silver-haired defendant in front of him, Panarase -- who last month released Hartman on a recognizance bond, only to have her show up at O'Hare three days later -- refused the request, agreeing with prosecutors that the facility likely could not keep Hartman from returning to an airport.

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