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Guard Who Shot Intruder In Madonna’s Back Yard Likely Won’t Be Charged

May 30, 1995

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A private security guard who shot a man during a struggle in Madonna’s back yard likely won’t be charged because the intruder lunged for his gun, authorities said Tuesday.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 37, was booked Tuesday for investigation of making terrorist threats and stalking the pop star, who wasn’t at her Hollywood Hills mansion at the time. No charges were immediately filed.

Police said Hoskins scaled the 8-foot pink-and-orange fence around Castillo del Lago early Monday evening and came within 40 feet of the house, once used as a gambling palace by mobster Bugsy Siegel.

Detective Andrew Purdy said security guard Basil Stephens confronted Hoskins and Hoskins twice lunged for the guard’s pistol.

``There was a tussle over his gun,″ said Purdy. Authorities said the shooting appeared to be justified and the guard wouldn’t be charged.

Hoskins was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for gunshot wounds in the left arm and pelvis and then transferred to a jail hospital.

``There have been reports made by Madonna that he has been threatening her and stalking her,″ police Capt. Mike McDonagh said.

Under California law, a shooting would be justified under a number of circumstances, including self-defense, defense of a home or property, and resisting an attempted felony.

Last July, Stephens caught another intruder, handcuffed him, and held him until police came. Todd Michael Lawrence, an Arizona drifter, pleaded no contest to trespassing and was sentenced to a year in jail.

In December, another gate-crasher, Robert Wasserburger, was sentenced to six months in jail for trespassing. Those cases were prosecuted as misdemeanors.

Through a spokeswoman, Madonna declined to comment.

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