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Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press
Scott Hinckley, brother of John Hinckley, arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, for hearings on whether John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, should spend more time outside a mental hospital that has been his home for decades.

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, says he's no longer a danger and should be allowed to live fulltime outside a Washington mental hospital.

Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt. He has lived at St. Elizabeths, a Washington mental hospital, ever since. But he's 60 years old now and spends 17 days a month at his mother's home in Virginia.

His attorney Barry Levine told a federal judge in Washington on Wednesday that Hinckley should live fulltime on the outside, but a prosecutor opposed the plan, saying it doesn't include enough restrictions.