Thirty-five years after he shot Ronald Reagan in the chest, John Hinckley Jr. is a free man.
Hinckley was released on Saturday from a Washington mental hospital following a federal judge's July ruling that the 61-year-old was not a danger to himself or the public . Hinckley will be living with his elderly mother in in Williamsburg, Va., and will have to volunteer at least three days a week, according to <b>the L.A. Times</b>.
The 1981 shooting
Hinckley famously tried to assassinate Reagan in 1981, a little more than two months into his presidency.
As Reagan left a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Hinckley ambushed him with a gun, shooting him in the chest under his left underarm.
Reagan obviously survived his injuries, but was seriously injured -- he suffered a punctured lung and heavy internal bleeding.
His motivation was his obsession with the actress Jodie Foster -- he thought that if he killed Reagan, it would impress her.
He thought that killing the president would make him famous -- and therefore he'd be on the same social level as Foster.
Hinckley no longer mentally disturbed
Now, however, doctors say that Hinckley is no longer suffering from the mental disturbances that led him to attempt a presidential assassination. In August, District Judge Paul L. Friedman said Hinckley has had "no signs of psychotic symptoms, delusional thinking, or any violent tendencies" for decades.
Hinckley will, however, continue to go to therapy while he lives in Williamsburg. He will have to see a psychiatrist twice a month attend weekly group therapy sessions for at least the first six months after his release.
Hinckley's new digs
Now that he's being released from the mental hospital he had been confined to, Hinckley will have some pretty nice digs.
According to the L.A. Times, Hinckley's mother lives in a gated community, and his room "has a king-size bed and TV and is decorated with paintings he has done of houses and cats."