Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. can leave hospital as early as today

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Hinckley, who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be spending more than half his time outside a mental hospital and more time unsupervised under a judge’s order Hinckley’s lawyer called a “milestone.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) —  The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan could be free as early as today.

A judge ruled in late-July that, starting Aug. 5, John Hinckley Jr. can leave a hospital to live with his mother in Williamsburg.

Hinckley’s been at a psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. for decades after he tried to kill President Reagan in 1981.

Judge: Reagan shooter can leave hospital to live in Williamsburg

Doctors say the 61-year-old is no longer mentally ill and does not show signs of violent tendencies.

Hinckley can now live full-time in the Kingsmill neighborhood of Williamsburg.

He does need to follow some guidelines upon his release, including going to therapy sessions, keeping a log of unsupervised activities, and giving the Secret Service the make and model of any car he drives.

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