On Monday, a federal judge granted John Hinckley Jr. unconditional release after he shot then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Fox News reports:
“If he hadn’t tried to kill a president he would have been released unconditionally a long time ago,” U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman said.
It was Friedman who had allowed Hinckley out five years ago, determining that Hinckley’s mental condition was “in full and sustained remission” and had been for more than 27 years. He had been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and major depression.
Upon his release from St. Elizabeth’s, Hinckley was required to live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. He also was forbidden from having a firearm, contacting Reagan’s children, or contacting actress Jodie Foster. Hinckley had been obsessed with Foster, and had written in a letter that he intended to assassinate Reagan to impress her.
Hinckley will be released unrestrictedly in June 2022. His attorney Barry Levine celebrated his client’s release, saying it was a “great day for mental health.”
The report by Fox News also noted that the government has been closely monitoring Hinckley for years after his conviction.