Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. released from hospital


The man who shot President Ronald Reagan has arrived at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va., after being released from a Washington, D.C., mental hospital.

A federal judge ruled in late July that John Hinckley Jr. isn’t a danger to himself or the public.

The 61-year-old must live with his mother for at least a year and has limits placed on his travel. He will also be required to work or volunteer at least three days a week and continue to see his psychiatrist.

Mr. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of Mr. Reagan, his Press Secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers outside a Washington hotel.

In his July 27 ruling, Judge Paul L. Friedman wrote that Mr. Hinckley was a “profoundly troubled 25-year-old young man” when he shot Mr. Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster, but he hasn’t exhibited symptoms of major depression or psychotic disorder for more than two decades.


Judge Friedman had gradually given Mr. Hinckley more freedom over the past decade, allowing him to spend longer and longer stretches at his mother’s home. For the past two-plus years, he has spent the majority of his time there: 17 days each month.