The man who tried to assassinate President Reagan in 1981 is now spending more than half his time not incarcerated.
John Hinckley Jr. has been granted permission to walk out of St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington – where he’s been receiving treatment since being found not guilty by way of insanity three decades ago – and head to his mother’s hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia for 17 days a month. This is an increase from the 10 days previously permitted monthly.
This even though Hinckley, who is now 58, is still practicing “deceptive behavior” and has no friends or associates. His lawyer says he is on a “trajectory moving toward unconditional release,” and the judge who increased Hinckley’s freedom says he “will not be a danger to himself or to others.”
The Secret Service, which monitors his movements, is not so sure.