Inmate who breached security for sex pleads guilty to shootout with US marshals

Posted March 26, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
Arien L'Italien
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Arien L'Italien

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man who was wounded in a shootout with U.S. marshals and made the news again by circumventing jail security to have a tryst with a female inmate has pleaded guilty.

Arien L’Italien of Biddeford pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting a federal officer, being a felon in possession of a gun and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Under an agreement, prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge. No sentencing date has been set.

Officials say the 22-year-old fired four shots at U.S. marshals who tried to arrest him in January in Portland. One of them returned fire, hitting him in the leg.

His tryst with a female inmate on March 9 led to his transfer from the Cumberland County Jail and an internal review by jail officials.

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