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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California resident who was accused of downloading and then sharing an unauthorized pre-release copy of Kanye West’s “Graduation” song faces a potential five-year prison term, according to court filings.

Richard Franco Montejano, a member of what court papers called “an Internet music piracy group known as ‘Old School Classics’” may also have to pay a fine of $250,000 and submit to three years of supervised release.

His guilty plea to criminal copyright infringement was filed with federal court in Los Angeles March 25. He is also required to notify his probation officer before he uses a computer or other devices such as a mobile telephone, an electronic game or a personal data assistant.

Montejano, a resident of Harbor City, California, was represented by Edward M. Robinson of Torrance, California. He was prosecuted by Jay V. Prabhu of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The case is U.S. v. Richard Franko Montejano, 2:11-cv- 00189-UA, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

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