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John Hinckley Nears Full Release 41 Years After Shooting Reagan

A federal judge will preside Wednesday over a hearing for John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and is on the verge of being released from all remaining conditions, the Associated Press reports. The judge had said that Hinckley would be free from restrictions on June 15 as long as he continued to do well. Officials say Hinckley has done so, and Wednesday's hearing is not expected to alter those plans. Hinckley was confined to a mental hospital in Washington, D.C., for more than two decades after a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting Reagan.

In 2003, Hinckley was permitted to live for longer stretches in the community with requirements like attending therapy and restrictions on where he can travel. He's been living in Virginia since 2016, with restrictions, including allowing officials access to his electronic devices, email and online accounts; being banned from traveling to places where he knows there will be someone protected by the Secret Service, and giving three days' notice if he wants to travel more than 75 miles from his home. The judge has said that Hinckley has displayed no symptoms of active mental illness, no violent behavior and no interest in weapons since 1983. Health officials who have overseen Hinckley's treatment believe he "has recovered his sanity such that he does not present a danger to himself or others because of mental illness if unconditionally released" as planned.


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