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John Hinckley, the man who shot Ronald Reagan, gets complete freedom


John Hinckley, the man who shot former US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was freed by a US federal judge on Wednesday. It capped a four-decade legal journey for the once metal-sick Hinckley.

Hinckley shot Reagan on March 30, 1981. The former president fully recovered. However, his publicist James Brady was partially paralyzed. Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington Police Officer Thomas Delahanty were also injured.

The court said last September that it would lift the restrictions on Hinckley by June 15 if Hinckley continued his good behavior. During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge noted that Hinckley continued to do well. Hincley has lived in the Virginia community for years.


“He was scrutinized. He passed all the tests. He is no longer a danger to himself or others,” Judge Friedman told a hearing that lasted about an hour. Hinckley was not present at the time.

The judge noted that Hinckley, now 67, was mentally ill when he shot Ronald Reagan, but he got mental health help. The court said Hinckley had not shown signs of mental illness since the mid-1980s.

Prosecutors, who initially opposed Hinckley’s release, changed their position last year. They said they would accept Hinckley’s release provided he showed mental stability.

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