Looks like John Hinckley Jr., is a free man!
The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago will leave a Washington psychiatric hospital to live full-time in Virginia on September 10th.
A federal judge ruled in July that 61-year-old John Hinckley Jr is not a danger to himself or to others and can leave St. Elizabeths Hospital to live full-time at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia. The judges ruling says that Hinckley will have to live for at least a year with his 90-year-old mother, Jo Ann, in her house in the gated community of Kingsmill. After that, he could move out and live on his own, with a roommate or in a group house.
Previously the judge ruled Hinckley could leave the hospital as soon as August 5th, sparking a strong reaction from Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, who wrote in an op-ed piece that her heart was ‘sickened’ by the decision.
Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of Reagan, who died in 2004, his press secretary James Brady, who died in 2014, and two law enforcement officers outside a Washington hotel.
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Here are the conditions Hinckley must meet:
He must carry a GPS enabled phone whenever he is away from his mother’s home
He must stay within a 50-mile radius of his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia
He must notify his treatment team before going to any private residences
He must travel to D.C. once a month for mental health treatment
For these monthly trips, he must provide detailed information about his travel to D.C. including his specific route and time of departure. However, he can travel be himself
If he is delayed by more than 30 minutes, he needs to notify his treatment team
He must have weekly phone calls with his health care professionals as well as individual and group therapy in Williamsburg
He cannot speak with the media
He must live with his mother for at least one year
After a year, he can move out to a different home withing a 30-mile radius of Williamsburg
If he moves out, he can live alone or with roommates – provided that the roommates are approved by his treatment team
He cannot drink alcohol, take drugs or own a firearm
He is not to have contact with his victims, which include the families of Ronald Reagan, Secret No drugs, no weapons. No contact with Jodie Foster, his victims Thomas Delahanty and Timothy McCarthy or family members of his victims including the Reagan family and James Brady families
He can’t ‘knowingly’ travel to areas where current or former presidents, Congress or senior executives or ‘United States Secret Service protectees’ are found.
He can use the internet but cannot Google himself, research weapons, porn, or his victims
He may not set-up any social media accounts without unanimous permission from his treatment team