John Hinckley Jr. Set to Be Released from Mental Hospital
John Hinckley Jr. will be moving to Williamsburg, Virginia to live with his elderly mother
The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 is set to be released from a Washington, D.C. government psychiatric hospital on Saturday, according to several reports.
John Hinckley Jr., now 61 years old, will move in with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to NBC News and the BBC. The Los Angeles Times reported that Hinckley has already been visiting Williamsburg in preparation for a full-time post-release transition.
In 1981, Hinckley attempted to kill Reagan in the hopes of impressing actress Jodie Foster and fired six shots outside a hotel in Washington D.C.. Reagan and three others were injured in the shooting, and while Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was sent for treatment at a mental hospital.
In July, a federal judge ruled that Hinckley no longer poses a danger to himself or others. The judge ruled that Hinckley is prepared to re-enter the community, and will do so under a series of conditions.
But in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, officials with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute criticized the decision.
“John Hinckley is responsible for the shooting of President Reagan and three other brave men. One died two years ago from the wounds he received,” officials said in the statement. “Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release.”
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“I’m not surprised by this latest development, but my heart is sickened,” Davis, 63, wrote.
She also shared a moment she had with her late father just after the assassination attempt.
“When my father was lying in a hospital bed recovering from the gunshots that nearly killed him, he said, ‘I know my ability to heal depends on my willingness to forgive John Hinckley.’ “