Man behind Ronald Reagan assassination attempt to walk free

The man who tried to assassinate then US President Ronald Reagan in 1981 will walk free.

A US Federal Judge has given John Hinckley Junior permission to leave a psychiatric hospital and live with his mother.

He will live full-time in Williamsburg, Virginia, but still faces certain conditions according to CNN.


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Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan and three others outside the Washington Hilton 35 years ago.

James Brady, the White House press secretary who was hit in the shooting, died in 2014 due to injuries from the assassination attempt, though authorities announced earlier this year that they would not pursue additional charges.

Hinckley has slowly gained some freedoms since he was incarcerated. In 2003, he was allowed day visits with his family, and since then has been granted longer visits.

He is not allowed to go near any member of the Reagan or Brady families, along with relatives of the Secret Service officer and the D.C. police officer wounder in the 1981 attempt, according to the court order.