John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released from a mental hospital after a judge said he no longer poses a threat to the public. Linda So reports.
John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will soon be a free man. A U.S. judge has ordered Hinckley to be released to live with his mother. The judge ruled Hinckley no longer poses a danger to himself or others and could be released from a government psychiatric hospital where he's been living for 35 years. Hinckley shot Reagan and three others, including White House Press Secretary James Brady in an attempt to impress actress Jodi Foster, with whom he was obsessed. A jury found him not guilty be reason of insanity. Since 2013, Hinckley had been allowed to leave the mental hospital for 17 days a month to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.