John Hinckley Jr. Released From Court Oversight After Decades


John Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was released Wednesday from court supervision, officially ending decades of supervision by mental health and legal professionals.

“After 41 years, 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!” he wrote on Twitter shortly after 12 midnight.

The lifting of all restrictions was expected from the end of September. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington said he would release Hinckley on June 15 if he remained mentally stable in the Virginia community where he has lived since 2016.

Hinckley, who was acquitted on grounds of insanity, spent the preceding decades in a Washington psychiatric hospital.

Freedom for Hinckley will include playing a concert (plays guitar and sings) in Brooklyn, New York, which is scheduled for July. He’s already gained nearly 30,000 followers on Twitter and YouTube in recent months as the judge loosened Hinckley’s restrictions before lifting them entirely.

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