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Reagan Foundation objects to unconditional release of man who tried to assassinate President Reagan

President Reagan speaking at podium at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. shortly before he was wounded during an assasinationa attempt.
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President Reagan speaking at the podium at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. shortly before he was wounded during an assassination attempt.

Foundation releases statement saying it is upset the John Hinkley Jr. intends to pursue a music career, asserting he seeks to make a profit from his infamy.

The Ventura County-based Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is condemning the planned unconditional release of the man who shot and wounded President Reagan, and three other people in 1981.

John Hinkley Junior was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity after the 1981 attack. He remained in institutional psychiatric care for more than three decades. In 2016, a judge ruled he could be released under supervised care. All restrictions are set to be lifted later this year.

Hinkley has been pursuing a music career in recent years. The now 66-year-old man is in the news over his plans to do a concert in Brooklyn this summer.

President Reagan, and two law enforcement officers recovered from their wounds. But, Press Secretary James Brady suffered permanent head injuries which led to his death eight years ago.

The Reagan Foundation’s statement says it objects to Hinkley’s release into society, and the idea he seeks to profit from his infamy.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.