John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, to be freed from oversight

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John Hinckley Jr.

FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2003, file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Lawyers for Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, are scheduled to argue in court Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, that the 66-year-old should be freed from restrictions placed on him after he moved out of a Washington hospital in 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A federal judge says the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago can be released unconditionally from the restrictions he’s been living under next year if he remains mentally stable.

John Hinckley Jr. was 25 when he attacked the president. Jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

Now he’s 66, and he’s been living in Williamsburg, Virginia, since leaving a Washington hospital five years ago.

Doctors oversee his medication and therapy. He can’t have a gun. And he can’t travel far without informing his doctors.

Hinckley’s lawyer says he no longer poses a threat. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman said Monday that he’ll sign off on the plan this week.

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