Judge frees Reagan attacker John Hinckley Jr.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt, should be freed after 35 years and released to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

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U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley no longer posed a danger to himself or others and could be released from a government psychiatric hospital in Washington.

Hinckley, 61, "is permitted to reside full-time in Williamsburg, Virginia, on convalescent leave, which shall begin no sooner than Aug. 5, 2016," Friedman said in a 14-page order. His mother lives in Williamsburg, about 130 miles (210 km) south of Washington.

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John W. Hinckley Jr. is shown in this undated photo. A divided appeals court panel cleared the way Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 for Hinckley to make supervised day trips away from the mental hospital where he has been confined since he tried to assassinate former President Reagan. (AP Photo)
FILE- In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Lawyers for the government and Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. have come to an agreement on conditions he would have to abide by if he is allowed to live full-time outside a mental hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF HINCKLEY - In this photo taken March 19, 2015, John Hinckley gets into his mother's car in front of a recreation center in Williamsburg, Va. The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendyâs. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldnât attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out. These days, John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies at Regal Cinemas. (AP Photo/ Steve Helber)
John W. Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in March 1981, holds a pistol to his head in this self-portrait and obtained from court records in Oct. 1982. The FBI released the polaroid image, which was part of the evidence used in Hicnkley's trail. (AP Photo)
John W. Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Reagan, holds a rifle in Washington on Oct. 29, 1982. (AP Photo)
Presidential assailant John Hinckley Jr. peers from car window after a court appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4, 1984. A federal judge refused to give Hinckley uncensored access to telephone and reporters, and also refused Hinckley's request that he be allowed to walk around his hospital grounds for an hour a day. (AP Photo/Ira Schwartz)
U.S. Marshalls escort John Hinckley Jr. as he returns to a marine base via helicopter in Quantico, Va. on Aug. 8, 1981. Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Secret Service agents wrestle with suspect in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in this video screen shot from CBS News, March 30, 1981. Agents later identified the man as John Warnock Hinckley Jr., 22, of Evergreen, Colorado. (AP Photo)
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The order includes a requirement that Hinckley meet with his psychiatrist in Washington at least once a month and notify the Secret Service when he travels for the appointment.

A jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity for the attack on Reagan, which also badly wounded presidential press secretary James Brady. Hinckley carried out the attack in a bid to impress actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed.

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