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Madonna stalker recaptured after L.A. hospital escape

Sketchy Andy with Madonna

Madonna's performance at the 2012 Super Bowl half time show. (c/o Beacon Radio)

Madonna stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins, was recaptured by police on Friday one week after disappearing from a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital.

The 54-year-old was found near the Metropolitan State Hospital and returned to the unit where he had been since last July, the BBC is reporting.

Hoskins, described as having "highly psychotic" and violent tendencies, was convicted of stalking and threatening Madonna, and sentenced to jail for 10 years in 1996. He also threatened her then-secretary Caresse Henry, saying he could "slice her throat from ear to ear" and kill everybody in the house if she didn't let him see Madonna.

Madonna testified during Hoskins' 1996 trial that she had nightmares after seeing him near her home. He was initially captured when he scaled the wall of the performer's home in the Hollywood Hills and jumped into her pool. He was shot twice by a guard.


Halle Berry accused stalker will not serve additional jail time

Halle Berry Stalker

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Halle Berry's accused stalker pleaded no contest before a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge on Thursday, and will not serve any additional jail time.

28-year-old Richard Anthony Franco of Commerce was sentenced to 386 days in county jail, five years of probation, and one year of psychological counseling. A 10-year criminal protective order was also imposed.

For the 193 days he was in custody, Franco received credit for the entirety of his country jail sentence, announced the District Attorney’s office.

According to LAPD, Franco was arrested when Berry reported the presence of a possible burglar after he'd allegedly shown up her at her Hollywood Hills home several times. 

Under the terms of a negotiated settlement, one count of first-degree residential burglary was dismissed at the sentencing.