John Hingley Jr., who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released unconditionally on June 15. For example, the American media report based on the decision of the federal judge.
Hingley, now 67, shot and killed the US president on March 30, 1981, as he was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel. He said he wanted to impress actress Jodi Foster, whom he saw in the movie Taxi Driver. One of his bullets jumped from the armored President’s limousine and hit Ronald Reagan’s chest close to his heart. Reagan survived the attack, but had to undergo surgery. Three people were injured, including then-White House spokesman James Brady, who was partially paralyzed and suffering from speech problems. Hingley did not attempt to escape and was arrested on the spot.
In a 1982 court case, Hingley was acquitted on the grounds of insanity. He remained in a psychiatric hospital until 2016, after which he was placed under judicial supervision and lived with his mother in Williamsburg. This means he had limited operational freedom and was forced to carry a GPS tracker. Those conditions have now been completely removed.