Reagan’s would-be assassin John Hinckley walks free: Conservatives have questions about suspicious timing

On Monday a federal judge freed the man who attempted to kill President Reagan after 30 years of incarceration.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ruled that John Hinckley Jr. should go to live with his mother in Virginia as he “no longer poses a danger to himself or others.”

“Mr. Hinckley is clinically ready for full-time convalescent leave,” Friedman wrote in his ruling, according to Fox News.

Hinckley, 61, attempted to kill Reagan outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. He fired six shots, hitting four people, including Reagan, who was wounded when a bullet bounced off his presidential limo. Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the right side of his head, sustaining serious injuries. When he died in August 2014, Brady’s death was ruled a homicide.

Hinckley was arrested at the scene and was later found not guilty by reason of mental insanity. Hinckley had allegedly tried to kill Reagan in order to gain the affection of Hollywood starlet Jodie Foster.

Hinckley’s release from Washington’s St. Elizabeths hospital has been more than a decade in the making. In late 2003, the judge allowed Hinckley to begin leaving the hospital for day visits with his parents in the Washington area.

The decision left many people stunned, including conservative radio host Mark Levin. Other Conservatives  joked about the timing of his release.

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