John Hinckley Jr. freed from court oversight after decades

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — John Hinckley Jr. has been freed from court oversight.

The development Wednesday ended decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals after Hinckley shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman had announced Hinckley’s pending released earlier this month, saying that he had shown no signs of active mental illness since the mid-1980s and had not exhibited any violent behavior or interest in weapons.

Hinckley has lived in a community in Virginia since 2016.


PHOTO U.S. Marshalls escort John Hinckley Jr. as he returns to a marine base via helicopter in Quantico, Va., Aug. 8, 1981. Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was freed from court oversight Wednesday, June 15, 2022 officially concluding decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)


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