John Hinckley granted full release by federal judge

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WASHINGTON — John Hinckley, Jr, known for his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, has been granted an unconditional release from a federal judge.

Hinckley, who is now 66, has been on a gradual release from custody for years. Most recently, he was living outside a mental health facility. According to NPR, he has been recording videos of music and publishing them to his YouTube channel.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982 for the attempted assassination of Reagan. On March 30, 1981, he approached President Reagan and fired six shots. The attack happened outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Hinckley injured three others in his act. Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty was shot in the neck. Reagan was shot in the chest, which penetrated his left lung.

Brady suffered the worst injuries from the act, with permanent brain damage. He is most well known for his gun-control advocacy and the “Brady Bill” which bears his name.

Hinckley is set to be released in June 2022 after the judge’s ruling.

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