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Man Convicted Of Stalking Star

Tue., Jan. 9, 1996

A homeless man who was shot by Madonna’s bodyguard after scaling the walls of her estate was convicted Monday of stalking and terrorizing the pop star.

After deliberating 4-1/2 hours, the jury convicted Robert Dewey Hoskins, 38, of five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats. He faces up to 10 years in prison at his Feb. 8 sentencing.

On May 29, Hoskins was shot and wounded by Madonna’s bodyguard Basil Stephens after jumping the fence at the singer’s home. Stephens said Hoskins tried to strangle him.

Madonna, who was not in court for the verdict, issued a statement calling it a relief.

“I hope the outcome of this helps stalking victims know that the system can and does work,” she said in a written statement.

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