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Judge orders former US president Reagan's attacker to be released

A jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity for the attack on Reagan. In photo: John Hinckley Jr. sits on fence wall in front of the White House. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Washington, United States Jul 27, 2016, 08.36 PM (IST)
John Hinckley Jr., who wounded former US president Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt, should be freed after 35 years and released to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled yesterday.

US district judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley no longer posed a danger to himself or others and could be released from a government psychiatric hospital in Washington.

Hinckley, 61, "is permitted to reside full-time in Williamsburg, Virginia, on convalescent leave, which shall begin no sooner than Aug. 5, 2016," Friedman said in a 14-page order. His mother lives in Williamsburg, about 210 kilometre south of Washington.

The order includes a requirement that Hinckley meet with his psychiatrist in Washington at least once a month and notify the Secret Service when he travels for the appointment.

A jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity for the attack on Reagan, which also badly wounded presidential press secretary James Brady. Hinckley carried out the attack in a bid to impress actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed.

(AFP)
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