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Woman Who Assaulted Ald. Cappleman Free After Prison Time For 396th Arrest

By Adeshina Emmanuel | November 19, 2013 10:09am
 Shermain Miles.
Shermain Miles.
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UPTOWN — After serving nearly a year in prison for assaulting Ald. James Cappleman (46th) last year, Shermain Miles is once again a free woman.

Miles — who has 396 arrests on her record since 1978 for offences including theft, drugs, public drinking, prostitution, attempted robbery and armed robbery — was released from Logan Correctional Center in Downstate Lincoln on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

She boarded a train headed toward Chicago, where she is supposed to join a "second-chance residential home for ex-inmates," according to the paper.

Miles has a history of drug and alcohol abuse and is known to frequent the streets of Uptown and Edgewater.

In August 2012, Cappleman saw Miles at Broadway and Montrose sitting on the sidewalk and drinking beer, and decided to call the cops on Miles when suddenly she "reached into her blouse and was chasing me," Cappleman told the Sun-Times then.

He reportedly thought she had a knife, but no knife was found at the time of her arrest. She was, however, charged with aggravated assault and battery for pushing Cappleman into some bushes.

"It was the alcohol I was drinking that turned me into a monster," she told the Sun-Times.

Cappleman was unreachable for comment Tuesday morning, but he tweeted Monday night: "Wishing Ms. Miles success with her sobriety."