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John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate former President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released from court-ordered psychiatric supervision and all remaining restrictions June 15. A federal judge yesterday ordered Hinckley’s full freedom after prosecutors said he exhibited good behavior and displayed no signs of mental illness.
Hinckley, now 67, spent over 30 years in a mental hospital after a jury in a 1982 trial found him not guilty of shooting Reagan by reason of insanity. Hinckley’s defense claimed he suffered from psychosis and was influenced by the 1976 film “Taxi Driver,” where the main character assassinated a fictional senator. Hinckley was also infatuated with Jodie Foster, who starred in the movie and whom he wanted to impress. Hinckley was later released under certain restrictions and has been living in Virginia since 2016.
Hinckley attempted to assassinate Reagan on March 30, 1981, firing six shots as Reagan exited the Washington Hilton Hotel. Reagan suffered a punctured lung and later recovered. Three others were also injured, including White House press secretary James Brady who suffered permanent brain damage and died in 2014. See photos from the aftermath here.