WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago, can be released from all remaining restrictions next year if he continues to follow those rules and remains mentally stable.
US District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington said during a 90-minute court hearing that he will issue his ruling on the plan this week.
Friedman said the plan is to release Hinckley from all judicial supervision in June if he remains mentally stable and continues to follow court-dictated rules imposed on him after he left a Washington hospital in 2016 to live in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Since Hinckley, 66, moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, from a Washington hospital in 2016, court-imposed conditions have included doctors and therapists monitoring his psychiatric medication and deciding how often he attends therapy sessions. individual and group. Hinckley can’t have a gun either. And he can’t get in touch with Reagan’s children, other victims or their families, or actress Jodie Foster, who he was obsessed with at the time of the 1981 shooting.
Hinckley was 25 years old when he shot and wounded the fortieth president of the United States in front of a hotel in Washington on March 30, 1981. The shooting paralyzed Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, who died in 2014. It also wounded Reagan’s agent. Secret Service Timothy McCarthy and Washington Police Officer Thomas Delahanty.
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