Man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan may get unconditional release

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An American judge has said John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan 40 years ago will secure his “unconditional release” in 2022 if he remains mentally stable.

Hinckley Jr. was 25 when he shot and wounded the President Regan outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

The shot left Reagan’s press secretary James Brady paralysed and also injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty.

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

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 Reagan’s children, other victims or their families, or actress Jodie Foster, who he was obsessed with at the time of the shooting.

His lawyer had pushed for an unconditional release, saying he no longer poses a threat.

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

John Hinckley Jr. and President Regan being rescued outside a Washington hotel in 1981

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