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Woman arrested 396 times ruled fit to stand trial in latest case

Cook County Sheriff's Office Mugshot ShermaMiles from August 25 2012

Cook County Sheriff's Office Mugshot of Shermain Miles from August 25, 2012

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Updated: June 13, 2013 6:47PM

Despite a long history of mental illness, Shermain Miles — the Uptown woman with 396 arrests — was legally sane when she allegedly attacked Ald. James Cappleman (46th) last summer, according to a mental health report.

Cook County mental health experts also found Miles, 51, fit to stand trial, attorneys in the case said Friday during a brief hearing in misdemeanor court at Western and Belmont.

Miles, who has been known to shriek in the courthouse lockup, merely thanked the judge and then turned to grin at the audience, before she was led away.

Miles is currently being held at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, where’s she’s been since last December. She had been released from Logan in April 2011 after serving three years for an armed robbery conviction. While on parole, she got arrested several times, including for the Cappleman incident, which triggered her return to prison.

Last month, officials with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board told Miles they’d like to put her in a Cook County program that would treat her mental health issues — that was, until they found out she’d previously flunked out of it.

A trial date has not yet been set for Miles’ most recent misdemeanor cases, but Miles’ public defender Friday told Judge Marvin Luckman that she hopes to reach an agreement to avoid a trial.

Miles is next due in court May 17.

As the Chicago Sun-Times has previously reported, Chicago Police alone have arrested Miles 396 times, mostly on the North Side — under at least 83 different aliases since 1978. To date, no one has been able to protect the woman from herself or the communities she menaces.

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