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.