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Secret Service Agent Who Was Wounded in Reagan Assassination Attempt Says He Accepts Hinckley’s Release

John Hinckley Jr

By Steve Neavling

John W. Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan and three others outside a D.C. hotel in 1981, will be released on June 15, and a Secret Service agent who was wounded in the shooting said he accepts the judge’s ruling, NBC Chicago reports

In issuing a written release order, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley, who turns 67 on Sunday, doesn’t appear to pose a danger anymore. 

“John Hinckley tried to kill the president of the United States. He came very close to doing so,” Friedman said Wednesday. But “without losing sight of what he did 40 years ago, he has been the most scrutinized person [in America’s mental health system] … living under a microscope as none of us have.”

Then-Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy, who was wounded in the shooting, spoke after the ruling Wednesday. 

“I hope they’re right,” McCarthy said. “They seem to have been right so far, but there isn’t much room for error.”

He added, “The doctors have said he’s no longer a danger for himself or others and I’ll take their word on that. And as I said during the last 10 years or so when he was released from time to time and they increased it, he hasn’t violated any of the rules, so that’s encouraging.”

In addition to Reagan and McCarthy, Hinckley also shot White House press secretary James Brady and Washington Police Officer Tim Delahanty. 

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Behaving Well

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been behaving well.

The Associated Press reports that he’s behaved well in the past year when leaving his home, a psychiatric hospital in Washington, to visit his mother in nearby Virginia.

AP reported that Secret Service agents trailed Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va.

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John Hinckley to Get More Visits to Mom’s House

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Hinckley, who shot President Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981, will be getting more visits to his mother’s house in Virginia, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman on Wednesday approved an unspecified number of extra visits for Hinckley, who is housed at St. Elizabeths Hospital, a psychiatric institution in a tough part of Southeast Washington.

AP reported that the hospital will file a plan by June for additional releases. U.S. Attorney spokesman Bill Miller told AP that the judge will detail the visits in a future court order.

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Infamous John Hinckley Has More Freedom But Secret Service Still Has Interest

John Hinckley, who shot President Reagan in 1981,  is a still a household name after all these years. He’s got more freedom these days. But when he leaves St. Elizabeths Hospital in D.C., he carries a GPS-enabled cellphone so hospital officials and the Secret Service can keep tabs on his whereabouts, the Washington Post reports.

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Annys Shin
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — John W. Hinckley Jr. is a man of routine. On warm days, he likes to sit on a bench outside the John Howard Pavilion on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital and work his way through a stack of newspapers and magazines. He’s often seen walking alone on the hospital grounds or ducking into Martin’s, a nearby carryout, to pick up four-packs of 9 Lives to feed to stray cats.

At 54, the onetime presidential assailant lives like a kid on perpetual spring break. The closest thing he has to a 9-to-5 job is a volunteer gig at the hospital library. He fills his free time strumming on his guitar, crafting pop songs about ideal love, or going on supervised jaunts to the beach or a bowling alley.

After 28 years at the hospital in Southeast Washington, however, the realities of middle age have begun to set in.

His father, Jack Hinckley, died in 2008, inspiring the son to pen a tribute song titled “Hero.” His mother, Jo Ann, is 84. His siblings, Scott and Diane, live in Dallas. Over the government’s steadfast objections, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, who oversees his case, and Hinckley’s doctors are slowly preparing him for what they see as inevitable: his release from St. Elizabeths — life on his own.

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