Alleged Guns N’ Roses Leaker Catches A Break


October 31, 2008

It’s not quite “Paradise City,” but it’s close.

Federal prosecutors have agreed to downgrade criminal charges against Kevin Cogill, the blogger busted in August for leaking nine new Guns N’ Roses tunes from the band’s eagerly anticipated, comically delayed Chinese Democracy album.

The 27-year-old Cogill, who goes by the moniker “Skwerl” on his Antiquiet site, pleaded innocent last week to violating federal copyright laws. If convicted, he would have faced a maximum five years in a federal lockup.

Cogill’s attorney, David Kaloyanides, tells E! News that the feds have now reduced the felony count to a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum one-year prison term.

“Discussions are always ongoing, but both sides are a lot more flexible now,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to come to a satisfactory resolution.”

Even if Cogill’s found guilty, as a first-time offender he would likely receive probation instead of prison, per his lawyer.

Cogill, currently free on $100,000 bail, has so far not revealed where he came across the tracks.

No word if he’s willing to spill the beans. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office was not immediately available for comment.

In the wake of Cogill’s coup, Guns N’ Roses has unveiled plans to finally release Chinese Democracy on Nov. 23, with the first single officially dropping last week.

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