Steph Deschamps / June 2, 2022
John Hinckley Jr, the man who attempted to assassinate former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released unconditionally on June 15, U.S. media reported on the basis of a federal judge’s ruling.
John Hinckley Jr., now 67, shot the U.S. president on March 30, 1981 as he was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel. He said he wanted to impress the actress Jodie Foster, whom he had seen in the film Taxi Driver. One of his bullets ricocheted off the presidential limousine and hit Ronald Reagan near the heart. The former actor survived his injuries, but had to undergo surgery. Three other people were injured in the attack, including then White House spokesman James Brady. Brady was left partially paralyzed, with speech problems. Following his attack, John Hinckley Jr. made no attempt to escape and was taken into custody directly.
During a trial in 1982, John Hinckley Jr. had been declared innocent, having acted only on the blow of the madness according to the magistrates of the time. He was then committed to a psychiatric hospital until 2016. From that date, he was placed under judicial supervision and under the guardianship of his mother in Williamsburg. He had a limited freedom of movement, since in addition to that he had to wear an electronic bracelet. These conditions will now be completely lifted as of June 15.