December 20th, 2013
09:23 PM ET

Federal judge grants would-be Reagan Assassin more freedom

A federal judge has just ruled that the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is getting more time outside a mental hospital.

John Hinckley's visits are currently restricted to 10 days a month. But, now he'll get an added week each month at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Hinckley has spent more than three decades at St. Elizabeth's, a mental hospital in Washington. After being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 attempt to assassinate President Reagan, Hinckley was diagnosed with major depression and psychotic and narcissistic personality disorders.

He's tried to commit suicide three times since the assassination attempt - all of those incidents were in the early-80's.

But today, federal judge Paul Friedman wrote in his opinion that Hinckley will "not be a danger to himself or others" if he's given more time away from the hospital.

Brian Todd has the story.

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