Arrested 396 Times: Chicago Woman Has Done It, Using 83 aliases

Chelsea B. Sheasley, Yahoo! News, June 11, 2013

Is it possible to get arrested 396 times?

A Chicago woman has done it.

Shermain Miles accepted a plea deal Monday after pleading guilty to charges she attacked a city alderman. She also pleaded guilty to trespassing and public drinking in separate cases.

Shermain Miles

Shermain Miles

A judge sentenced her to time served in all three cases because Ms. Miles agreed to undergo a mental-health evaluation and get follow-up treatment, the Associated Press reports.

“All of us are reaching out to you and offering you, maybe for the first time in your life, a hand, OK?” Judge Peggy Chiampas told Miles, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “But you’ve got to reach out and grab all of our hands as well.”

Miles thanked the judge and told her “I’m not that person.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that: “Since 1978, Chicago Police alone have arrested Miles 396 times … under at least 83 different aliases. Those arrests include 92 times for theft, 65 for disorderly conduct, 59 for prostitution-related crimes and five for robbery or attempted robbery.”

Miles is homeless and has been in the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Ill., since December, according to the Associated Press. She had been released in April 2011 after serving three years for an armed robbery conviction. {snip}



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  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    There needs to be a ten-strikes law for misdemeanors. Not life in prison, but a few months in a stockade in the public square with regular canings. Singapore has the right idea.

    • ViktorNN

      I think perhaps penal colonies should be brought back. Relocation to somewhere remote where they can live as miserably as they want.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        Liberia sounds good to me. Too far away for them to come back easily.

  • I know I have seen this woman around Clark & Division. The picture makes her look like a beauty queen compared to what she really looks like.

  • BonusGift

    How many aliases and/or false social security numbers has Barry Soetoro used? Two, three, four max? Boy, relative to what looks to be Michele’s Chicago kin he is really looking like a piker.

  • Mrs. Shermain Miles you give prostitutes a bad name. You would half to be desperate………………..Never mind.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I wonder how many welfare checks she is collecting under her aliases…of course, to check and stop it would be racist.

    This woman needs to be severely punished; but, we know that because of her color, certainly not the content of her character, she will be given a pass and continue to rob society.

    Remember, this is NEVER about equality—it’s about payback, retribution and punishment for the act of slavery that NOBODY alive experienced.

    • I doubt she is collecting anything other than maybe minimum SSDI, but I don’t know anything about IL DHS and EBT. She might be getting a total of $700 to $900 from all sources of “income”.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Since 1978, Chicago Police alone have arrested Miles 396 times…

    Whew – that’s one less time than I’ve been busted. I sure hope she stays clean – I want to hold on to my vaunted #1 position.
    (But then again – I have ‘White privilege,’ so I probably don’t ‘deserve’ it. Sob. Sob. Grovel. Grovel.)
    [Do I really need to put ‘/sarc’ here?!]

  • Biff_Maliboo

    A true Civil Rights Trailblazer.

  • The__Bobster

    I guess Chicongo doesn’t believe in jail time.

    • I just explained this to two of my sisters just the other day.
      The hunt for the “Great White Shoplifter”
      I get followed in the grocery store all the time because I have my own shopping bags (LL Bean Boat and Tote – they will never wear out). They follow me because I am white. If I shoplifted the police would be called and I would be likely to pay the ticket. Black people meanwhile, while I am being followed, are grazing their way through the entire store, including the liquor department.
      They don’t bother blacks because:
      1) they won’t pay the ticket
      2) it costs money incarcerate them (which the city doesn’t have) so they don’t arrest them unless there are outstanding warrants.

      • MBlanc46

        Seriously, you get followed for bringing your own sack? Jeez, it’s the trendy thing to do. I do it every week (as do many others) and I’ve never noticed any reaction (other than getting to enter a raffle for a free bag of groceries at Trader Joe’s).

        • Yes, I get watched for bringing my own shopping bags and using them to shop.

          The large long handle version can hold three 12 packs of soda pop or a case of beer and another bag of stuff on top. Don’t like being bothered by street urchins so like to conceal what ever I purchase.

          • MBlanc46

            If you’re putting stuff in the sacks before you’ve checked out, I guess I can see employees getting a bit suspicious, especially if you live in an area where shoplifting is a big problem. I use a trolley while accumulating my items and have them put in my own sacks at the check-out.

    • Xerxes22

      I’m surprised the judge didn’t throw the book at her for attacking an alderman. Usually there is a double standard for crimes committed against a politician compared to crimes committed against an ordinary civilian.

  • The__Bobster

    How is there enough time in her days to make all these court appearances?

    BTW, I have a feeling that she’s infertile. That would explain it.

  • The__Bobster

    Miles thanked the judge and told her “I’m not that person.”

    Then she must be one of her 82 other persons.

  • Go ahead, you white Chicago liberal fools.
    Go ahead and wave both of your flags: the rainbow flag in one hand, and the surrender flag in the other.
    IF you are so stupid to shrug off the latest, hourly Chicago black misbehavior story, then you get what you deserve.

      • MBlanc46

        They’ve got all these former project dwellers that they don’t know what to do with. Knocking down the projects seemed like a great idea until they actually did it.

    • MBlanc46

      What exactly would you have us do? We can’t deport her. It’s not likely legal to lock her up for life for the sorts of offenses that she commits (which would cost us a young fortune, in any case). She insists on committing an almost unending string of minor crimes. The police unendingly arrest her. The judges give her a few months or a few years, then she’s out again and back at it. It’s far from improbable that she does it because prison is the only home she’s got. She just a completely broken down old Negress. If you have any suggestions as to how to handle her, I’m sure Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez would be delighted to hear them.

  • APaige

    If she gets arrested for the 397th time that would prove the U.S judicial system is racist.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, now we know how many strikes are allowed in Chicago – 396!!

    Did they keep letting her out so she could be bused to 83 different voting venues?


    • joemcgee

      Is there a prize for the record amount of times being arrested?

    • There was another black woman in the Barnes & Noble I no longer patronize one evening. I said to the cafe worker “Watch her, she likes to air her a** out”. The worker who is the the part of the reason why I don’t patronize it any more said “Huh?” My Americano wasn’t even finished before she had pulled down her sweatpants to air her a** out and expose to all the other customers while sitting at a bar seating facing the street …..

  • humura

    Can you imagine this happening in China? Or any civilized country? I am so old I can remember when this would not happen here. But liberal judges led the way in destroying civilization in America.

  • Romulus

    Another shining example of the “vibrancy” surrounding the Chicago metro area.

  • This woman is not functional (see my post above and then Bon’s reply). My guess was that she was a crack addict or drunk, but she could be a junkie just based on her posture. A panhandler outside of the building I used to work in told me that functional heroin junkies tend to have very slouched posture — if I saw it I could point it out but it is tough to describe I think, droopy head, slouched back, weak looking knees that just their pick feet up enough – thats my observation of this one guy.

    Anyways, this panhandler was telling me about that bum after I asked about what that bum might have been giving to someone who doesn’t smoke in a cigarette pack that I kind of formerly worked with. He told me he, that bum, was a junkie.

  • OlderWoman

    ‘There are many blacks like her who cannot function in a civilized world.’

    Try “most” blacks who cannot. The remainder are those who ‘refuse’ to function in a civilized world.

  • OlderWoman

    To blacks this is a ‘career’…it’s her ‘job’.

    Honestly, she must be seriously mentally ill.

  • MBlanc46

    There’s a good deal of truth in that. I think that it might be more than frustration, though. It’s very likely that she’s just unable to take care of herself and the only way she can be taken care of is in jail.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    The Left coast isn’t much better, and the further south and Left you go, the easier it is for them to survive in all seasons. California already has 1/3 of the welfare recipients of the entire country, and that percentage is only going to increase. When people hit their TANF ceilings, the State of California picks up the entire tab. Imagine how packed the NE cities would be if California wasn’t the overflow reservoir. I will admit though that in my travels to the NE and Midwest that the blacks are much more hardcore than in the West.

  • Gereng

    Ought not some people be put down simply because they are a drain and a blight on society? They make no positive contribution to that society and simply soak up resources that can be better used elsewhere such as water treatment, garbage disposal, etc. Being merely useless is one thing, but as in this case, being a positive liability in every sense of social value is quite another matter. If this creature had taken a life most likely the State would have taken hers. But if she makes the lives of everyone around her a tiny bit less pleasant then surely the sum of that crime would equal in harm the value of a single life.

  • John Smith

    396 times is the most I’ve ever heard of. I’ve never been arrested one time in my life. The difference is because I mind my own business, follow the law, and try to do something positive with my life. I’m not a perfect person and I’m not saying that makes me inherently more valuable to God than this woman but WHAT THE -expletive- is up with 396 arrests!?!

    Lolol. I’ve never even HEARD of such a thing.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Here in Los Angeles we’re “blessed” with both. Blacks are “only” 9.8% of the population, but in number of people that’s more blacks than New Orleans for example. But yeah, compared to the Hispanic flood, nothing compares.
    By hardcore I meant unconcealed seething hatred for Whites. Of all the places I’ve been, for some reason blacks in Minneapolis were the worst, though the Northeast was pretty bad too At the time I blamed it on the Mississippi river bringing the charmers up from points further South, but if that’s not it I’d be happy to be corrected by a native of the area.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    You would certainly be safe with the two of us.


  • Paleoconn

    The American justice system: the gift that keeps on giving.

    The late Sam Francis put it best when he coined the term anarcho-tyranny.