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Would-be Reagan assassin seeks expanded freedom in Virginia

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 01:11

The lawyer for would-be U.S. presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. argues in federal court that his client should spend the rest of his sentence at his family home. Mana Rabiee reports.

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John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan, says he wants to spend the rest of his sentence living in his family home. His lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday that Hinckley should be allowed to live full time with his 89-year old mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he's been spending 17 days of the month since late 2013. Hinckley's been otherwise living in a mental hospital since 1981 for shooting Reagan and three others to impress the object of his obsession, actress Jodi Foster. A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity. Hinckley's lawyer, Barry Levine, told the court his client is ready for the next step in his treatment... convalescent leave ... the equivalent of outpatient status. But the government is opposed to Hinckley's request. Prosecutor Colleen Kennedy said the Hinckley family can't afford the up to $10,000 a month it might cost to care for Hinckley at home -- and that the provisions suggested for his expanded release are inadequate for a presidential assassin. Testimony is expected to wrap up next week but it could be months before U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman renders a decision.

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Would-be Reagan assassin seeks expanded freedom in Virginia

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 01:11