John Hinckley, who wounded then US president Ronald Reagan and three others in a 1981 assassination attempt, was released without conditions on Wednesday in compliance with a federal judge’s order.
He had received full-time conditional release in 2016 after 30 years in a psychiatric hospital in Washington and had lived with his mother in Virginia until her death last year.
A jury had found him not guilty by reason of insanity in his 1982 trial, prompting Congress and some states to pass laws restricting the use of insanity as a defense. “After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!” Hinckley, 67, wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.