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Would-Be Reagan Assassin Released From Psychiatric Facility

The man who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981 has been released from a Washington, D.C., psychiatric hospital.

John Hinckley, 61, was released on September 10 after a judge ruled in July that he no longer presented any danger. He has been allowed to live with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Hinckley will be required to continue psychological treatment on an out-patient basis and has been barred from speaking with the press.

On March 30, 1981, Hinckley fired several shots at Reagan as he was leaving a Washington hotel. He injured the president, Reagan’s press secretary, and two police officers.

Press secretary James Brady was left permanently disabled and died of his wounds in 2014.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982 and was diagnosed with depression and psychosis.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP