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Failed Ronald Reagan assassin to be granted freedom

By Jessica Gresko

The man who tried to kill former US President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago will leave a psychiatric hospital on September 10.

A judge ruled in July that John Hinckley Jr (61) was no longer a danger to himself or others and could leave hospital to live full-time at his mother's home.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity over the 1981 shooting of Mr Reagan, his press secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers.

His lawyer, Barry Levine, said the development was "a milestone" achieved via a commitment by his client to "responsibly deal with disease". "People of goodwill should celebrate," he added. "He will be a citizen about whom we can all be proud."

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