September 24, 2022
John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is celebrating after a judge confirmed his unconditional release June 15.

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John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is celebrating his upcoming release from court restrictions.

After a federal judge on Wednesday confirmed Hinckley’s unconditional release on June 15, the would-be assassin took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“A big thank you to everyone who helped me get my unconditional release,” Hinckley wrote.

“What a long strange trip it has been. Now it’s time to rock and roll,” he concluded.

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He likely was referencing his upcoming Brooklyn concert appearances. Hinckley, an aspiring singer-songwriter, has been uploading his music to YouTube, where he has over 27,000 subscribers. 

James Brady and a police officer after being shot while the suspect John Hinckley Jr. is apprehended in Washington, March 30, 1981.

James Brady and a police officer after being shot while the suspect John Hinckley Jr. is apprehended in Washington, March 30, 1981. (Dirck Halstead/Getty Images, File)

Market Hotel, the venue hosting Hinckley in July, has faced backlash for inflammatory comments about the assassination attempt.

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“Hinckley didn’t f— up a billionth as many lives as the Reagan admin did,” Market Hotel wrote in a now-deleted tweet. 

Hinckley was 25 when, inspired by the Martin Scorsese film “Taxi Driver,” he shot the newly elected Reagan in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster.

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He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982.

John Hinckley Jr.'s 1981 mug shot.

John Hinckley Jr.’s 1981 mug shot. (Bureau of Prisons/Getty Images)

Hinckley was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for over 34 years. He was released under certain restrictions in 2016, living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, since then.

A federal judge granted Hinckley’s unconditional release last September on the promise of good behavior, finding that his mental condition was “in full and sustained remission.”

 John Hinckley Jr. arriving at U.S. District Court in Washington in 2003.

 John Hinckley Jr. arriving at U.S. District Court in Washington in 2003. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FIle)

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Reagan suffered serious injuries during the assassination attempt, including a punctured lung and a broken rib. The .22 caliber bullet had narrowly missed Reagan’s heart.

The attack injured three others, including former White House press secretary James Brady, who became permanently paralyzed. Brady’s death in 2014 was ruled a homicide due to the gunshot injuries he’d sustained 33 years before.