John Hinckley, who in 1981 tried to assassinate the US president ronald reaganfully regained his freedom on Wednesday, six years after being released from a psychiatric hospital.
Begining of June, A Washington court ruled that after decades of treatment and psychiatric checkups, Hinckley, now 67, no longer posed a threat. and that the conditions that were imposed on him after his release in 2016 would be lifted on June 15.
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“After 41 years, two months and 15 days, I am free!!!” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Hinckley shot Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981 with a revolver.. As she said she, wanted to impress actress Jodie Fosterwith whom he became obsessed after seeing her in the movie “Taxi Driver”.
The four people he shot survived, although Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, was left partially paralyzed and was forced to use a wheelchair.
At his trial in 1982, Hinckley was found not guilty due to insanity and admitted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.a psychiatric institution in Washington, for 34 years.
He was released in September 2016but was forced to live with his mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia, under a long list of restrictions that included restrictions on his movement and monitoring of his electronic devices and online accounts.
He was also prohibited from traveling to any area where a president or former president, vice president or member of Congress was present. Hinckley was also not allowed to speak to the media or post content online or in person without authorization.
A government report on his mental state filed in court on May 19 says his mental health had “remained stable” and his psychiatric illness had been in “full and sustained remission for decades.”
“He has not reported or exhibited any psychiatric symptoms consistent with a mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorder,” the document states.
In recent years, Hinckley underwent music therapy and began playing guitar and singing folk-country songs on YouTube and other music sites.
In December he announced that he would release a CD with his music.
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