John Hinckley Jr. has been granted full unconditional release in accordance with last year’s court ruling
John Hinckley Jr. — the man who attempted to assassinate 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — has been released from court oversight, after decades of oversight by legal and mental health professionals.
Hinckley, 67, was released from the latest restrictions stemming from his conviction last September, and the decision is set to take effect on June 15, 2022.
†After 41 years, 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM FINALLY!!!“hinckley” wrote on Twitter.
Hinckley attempted to kill Reagan in front of a Washington, DC hotel in 1981. He injured the president, as well as a Secret Service agent and a police officer. Then-press secretary James Brady was permanently disabled after being injured in the shooting and died of complications in 2014.
After a ‘not guilty’ verdict based on insanity, Hinckley spent decades in a mental hospital until he was released under surveillance in 2016.
According to last year’s ruling, Hinckley was “mentally stableand had met the conditions of parole.
The latest set of restrictions, which has now been lifted, included having no contact with the Reagan family or other families of the victims of his shooting, as well as actress Jodie Foster.
Hinckley had previously claimed that Foster indirectly helped inspire his crime, as he was obsessed with the actress at the time of the shooting.
Since his release from Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, Hinckley has composed music and released recordings online.
He was supposed to give a live concert at the Market Hotel in New York in July, but the venue canceled the sold-out show on “confronting and reflecting on some very real and worsening threats and hatred facing our vulnerable communities.†
However, the hotel stressed that it believed that: “ex-prisoners and people with mental illness can recover”and that the show’s cancellation would be “does not deter would-be killers and has no effect on mass shootings†
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, contacted by CNN on Wednesday, referred it to a previously published statement opposing Hinckley’s release.
†Mr. Hinckley is the man responsible for the attempted assassination of President Reagan and the shooting of three other brave men, one who eventually died of his wounds years later. We strongly oppose his release into society where he is apparently trying to make a profit from his disgracethe foundation said.
Hinckley’s case led to the imposition of some modern gun control measures. In 1993, then-U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill, named after Reagan’s paralyzed press secretary. This law established a five-day waiting period for small arms purchases and mandatory background checks on potential buyers.
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