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John W. Hinckley, Jr., will be released from a government psychiatric hospital to live full-time with his mother in Williamsburg, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The decision comes more than 35 years after he attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981.
Hinckley, 61, has been visiting his 90-year-old mother at her home in Kingsmill Resort for several days at a time over past few years and will now be granted a full release to live with her permanently. Hinckley will receive treatment locally, including music therapy. In any long-term considerations involving Hinckley, his success with local treatment providers will be taken into account.
U.S. District Judge Paul L Friedman of Washington wrote that Hinckley no longer poses a danger to himself or others and will be freed to live with his mother as soon as Aug. 5. The judge’s order limits Hinckley to a 50-mile radius of Williamsburg. He will be required stay to out of contact with the media, his victims, their families, the U.S. president and members of Congress. He cannot consume alcohol or possess a weapon.
Read the full text of the court’s opinion here.