Man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan to be set free

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 00:00

The man who tried to assassinate former US president Ronald Reagan is set to be freed from a psychiatric hospital and allowed to live in the community.

It comes after a federal judge ruled John Hinckley Jr was no longer a danger to himself or others - 35 years after he was detained over the shooting.

Hinckley, 61, will be allowed to live full-time with his mother at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia after Judge Paul L Friedman's decision.

There are dozens of conditions attached to the order and he will not be able to reside there until 5 August at the earliest.

Hinckley will have to meet his psychiatrist in Washington at least once a month and let the Secret Service know when he travels for the appointment.
He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982 for the attack which wounded Mr Reagan in the chest.

Three other people were also hurt, including presidential press secretary James Brady.

Over a number of years, doctors have said Hinckley is no longer plagued by the mental illness that drove him to shoot the president on 30 March 1981.

Hinckley has been held at the government psychiatric hospital, St Elizabeth's, in Washington.