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John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Reagan, has been completely released.

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John Hinckley Jr., November 2003, arrives at the US District Court in Washington. As of Wednesday, would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is no longer under judicial or mental health supervision.

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John Hinckley Jr., November 2003, arrives at the US District Court in Washington. As of Wednesday, would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is no longer under judicial or mental health supervision.

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John Hinckley Jr., who shot and killed President Ronald Reagan in a failed assassination attempt in 1981, was fully released from court restrictions on Wednesday.

“After 41 years, 2 months and 15 days, FINALLY FREEDOM!!!” Hinckley tweeted.

Hinckley, now 67, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after shooting and wounding Reagan, as well as White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahunty.

The acquittal meant that Hinckley managed to avoid jail time. But after the trial, he spent more than three decades at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington.

Since 2003, the conditions of his detention have been gradually softened.

In September, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman approved Hinckley’s unconditional release. Friedman noted at the time that “very few patients at St. Elizabeth’s have been studied more thoroughly than John Hinckley.”

Hinckley was 25 at the time of the assassination attempt. The son of a wealthy oil family, he had already undergone psychiatric treatment before attempting to assassinate the president.

On the day of the shooting, Reagan gave a speech in a Washington hotel and was riding in a limousine when Hinckley ran his pistol through a crowd of people and fired six shots.

Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy (foreground), Washington police officer Thomas Delahunty (center), and presidential press secretary James Brady (background) lie injured on the street outside a hotel in Washington after shooting President Reagan on March 30, 1981 .

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Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy (foreground), Washington police officer Thomas Delahunty (center), and presidential press secretary James Brady (background) lie injured on the street outside a hotel in Washington after shooting President Reagan on March 30, 1981 .

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In the years leading up to this, Hinckley became obsessed with the film. Taxi driver, and its star Jodie Foster. Hinckley said he tried to kill Reagan to impress the actress.

In 2016, a court granted him convalescent leave from a psychiatric hospital, allowing Hinckley to live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia on a full-time basis. (He had already been granted permission to live with her part-time.) However, the court placed several restrictions on his movement and placed several court-ordered appointments for treatment each month.

When his mother died in 2021 at the age of 95, he was allowed to continue living in the area.

The Department of Behavioral Health has also supported lifting Hinckley’s release conditions for years, telling the court last year that he posed a “low risk of future violence.”

Hinckley recently announced that he is starting a music career, releasing several singles and promoting a “Redemption Tour” with 17 original songs.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped me get my unconditional release,” he said. wrote in a post dated June 1st. “What a long strange journey it has been. Now it’s time for rock and roll.”

At least one of his Brooklyn shows sold out quickly. But the venue announced on Wednesday that it was canceling Performance 8 July citing threats.

“We believe that ex-prisoners and people with mental illness can recover and that we must we want them to keep the hope that they can improve and earn a chance to reconnect with society… but we live in dangerous times,” Market Hotel said. wrote in an Instagram post.

“Don’t bet on the safety of our vulnerable communities to give a guy a microphone and a salary from his art to a guy who didn’t have to earn it,” venue officials added. “If we were going to run the event out of principle and potentially put others at risk in the process, it shouldn’t have been for some stuntman – no offense to the artist.”



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