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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)

Man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan is going home free



John W. Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be freed from a government psychiatric hospital, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Hinckley has been in the facility for more than 35 years.

The judge ruled Hinckley can return home to Williamsburg, Va., as soon as August 5, according to court documents. He won't be able to go more than 50 miles from Williamsburg, and he's banned from social media, among other restrictions. 

Assassination Attempt of Ronald Reagan Full Video News Footage

Watch news footage of the moment Hinckley began shooting and the aftermath (Warning: graphic content)

Hinckley was 25 when he shot six bullets outside the Washington Hilton, wounding Reagan, press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy and D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty. 

Hinckley said he was inspired by the movie "Taxi Driver."

A 1982 trial's initial ruling that he was not guilty by reason of insanity sparked a national debate and led to the raising of the standards for the insanity defense. 

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