After 35 Years, Would-be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Jr. is Freed


The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago is going home — this time it seems, for good.

John W. Hinckley Jr. was released from St. Elizabeths Hospital on Saturday morning, the culmination of his decades-long rehabilitation in a D.C. mental hospital.




Evan Vucci/AP In this Nov. 2003 photo, John W. Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington.


A federal judge ordered his release in July, finding the would-be assassin no longer posed a danger to others after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of the president and three others outside a D.C. hotel in 1981.

Hinckley will live with his 90-year-old mother in Williamsburg, Va., a community that has been an ambivalent host during the scores of increasingly longer visits he has made since 2006. Now, Hinckley, 61, faces the task of putting together a life outside the institution.


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