John Hinckley Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was granted an unconditional releases from prison on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman called the process “a long road.” The order takes effect on June 15th. Fox News producer Jake Gibson tweeted the details.
John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been granted full, unconditional release.
US District Judge Paul Friedman called the process, “a long road.” The judge’s order takes effect on June 15th.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) June 1, 2022
“Mr. Hinckley was NOT present in court this morning. Defense attorney Barry Levine, who has represented Hinckley for decades, said he felt some gratification because although the ‘wounds he inflicted could not be healed,’ the process had ‘salvaged’ Hinckley’s life,” Gibson added.
From The Daily Wire…
Hinckley tried to kill Reagan on March 30, 1981, with a revolver in an attempt to gain the attention of actress Jodie Foster. The commander-in-chief was “wounded when one of the bullets ricocheted off of the limousine, striking him under the left armpit” and sending him to the hospital for 12 days, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Press Secretary James Brady, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy, and policeman Thomas Delahanty were also wounded during the shooting. Brady — for whom the White House briefing room is currently named — was partially paralyzed due to the attack before passing away in 2014.
Friedman announced in September that he was prepared to release Hinckley on June 15 if he “continued to do well,” according to the Associated Press. The Wednesday hearing was not expected to change those arrangements.
“Hinckley was confined to a mental hospital in Washington for more than two decades after a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in shooting Reagan,” AP reported. “But starting in 2003, Friedman began allowing Hinckley to live for longer stretches in the community with requirements like attending therapy and restrictions on where he can travel.”
Hinckley has been working on some music and hopes to find a record label to put out his songs.
BREAKING: Attempted Reagan assassin John Hinckley to get unconditional release, judge confirms https://t.co/XaKisEjiqR
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