PORTLAND – The brother-in-law of an Outlaws motorcycle club member who was killed in a shootout with federal agents in June pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of firearms by a user of illegal drugs.

The sentence for Kenneth Chretien, 47, of Old Orchard Beach will likely be between zero and 16 months in prison. A second charge against Chretien, of resisting and interfering with the execution of a search warrant, will be dropped.

Chretien appeared with his lawyer, Randall Bates, before Judge George Singal on Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court.

Chretien owned a home in Old Orchard Beach with his brother-in-law Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, and both men were members of the Outlaws, which has chapters in several states including Maine.

Around 6 a.m. on June 15, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives showed up at the house to arrest Mayne. The raid was part of a coordinated crackdown on Outlaws members across the country, based on an indictment in federal court in Richmond, Va.

Agents say Mayne shot at them from inside the house as they stepped out of their vehicles, and they returned fire, killing him. Investigators recovered a shotgun and a handgun inside the house.

Chretien left the house 20 minutes after the exchange of gunfire and then, according to the ATF, refused to comply with orders to submit to arrest. Agents used a Taser stun gun on Chretien.

Chretien was not one of the 27 Outlaws members from multiple states who were charged in the federal indictment.

Three other members of the Outlaws in Maine were charged in that case. Thomas Benvie of Sanford, Joseph Allman of Hollis and Michael Pedini of Madison have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.

They will face as much as 20 years in prison when they are sentenced.

This week, Pedini testified against Outlaws national President Jack “Milwaukee Jack” Rosga. Rosga and three other Outlaws members are on trial in federal court in Richmond. All of the other defendants agreed to plead guilty.

 

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