s attempt on the life of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 shocked the world. But now, John Hinckley Jr walking free from a government psychiatric hospital after 35 years. Federal judge Paul Friedman deciding Hinckley, who shot Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel, no longer poses a danger to himself or others and can live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, as soon as next week.
Hinckley, now 61, was only 25 when he nearly killed Reagan just months into his first term. Hoping to impress Hollywood actress, Jodi Foster, after seeing her in the movie, Taxi Driver. He also shot and paralyzed Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, later a champion for gun control. A Federal jury in 1982 found Hinckley not guilty, by reason of insanity.
A controversial verdict that spurred changes, making it harder to use that defense. He spent decades at St Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, in recent years allowed off-site visits. Hinckley, still under treatment, will be limited to a 50-mile travel radius and is banned from social media. But those rules could be phased out after a year.