John Hinckley Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is a free man. A federal judge signed off on his release from a psychiatric hospital.
In 1981, Hinckley was found not guilty by insanity for the shooting that left Reagan with a chest injury. James Brady, press secretary to the President, was paralyzed, as well as a Secret Service Agent and police officer were hit.
Wednesday morning Judge Paul Friedman said it was a hard decision, but “The court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released.” Hinckley held in a psychiatric hospital since his trial.
Conditions of his release include, continuing treatment and have no contact with the Reagan family or actress Jodie Foster. Foster was the woman he was obsessed with when he shot Reagan.