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Man Who Shot President Ronald Reagan Set For Freedom 40 Years After

John Hinckley Jr.
John Hinckley Jr.

September 27, (THEWILL) – The man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan 40 years ago will secure his “unconditional release” in 2022 if he remains mentally stable, a Judge has ruled.

President Ronald Reagan suffered a punctured lung in the shooting but recovered quickly.

John Hinckley Jr. was 25 when he shot and wounded the 40th US President outside a Washington hotel in 1981 –an incident that left Mr Reagan’s Press Secretary James Brady paralysed.

John Hinckley Jr.
John Hinckley Jr.

It also injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty.

Ronald Reagan, whose tenure spanned 1981 to 1989, died in 2004.

Since Hinckley left a Washington hospital in 2016, he has been living in Williamsburg, Virginia, under a number of court-issued restrictions.

Doctors and therapists have been overseeing his psychiatric medication and deciding how often he attends individual and group therapy sessions.

Hinckley also lives under restrictions on his travel and internet usage, is banned from having a gun, and is not allowed to contact President Reagan’s children, other victims or their families, or actress Jodie Foster, whom he was obsessed with at the time of the shooting.

His lawyer has asked for an unconditional release, saying he no longer poses a threat.

A US District Court Judge, Paul Friedman, said he would issue his ruling on the plan this week, indicating that his problems are “in remission.”

“I am going to, after all these years, grant unconditional release to Mr. Hinckley,” he said on Monday.

A 2020 violence risk assessment conducted on behalf of Washington’s Department of Behavioral Health concluded that Hinckley would not pose a danger.

Jurors decided Hinckley was suffering from acute psychosis and found him not guilty by reason of insanity, saying he needed treatment and not life in prison.