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Reagan Presidential Foundation Protests Release Of Man Who Tried To Assassinate President

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and wounded three others is being released from a mental health facility to live with his parents, a move which is drawing strong protests from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

A federal judge granted John Hinckley Junior full time convalescent leave from a hospital. He can live in Williamsburg, Virginia, but must follow certain conditions.

In 1981, Hinckley tried to assassinate President Reagan, seriously wounding him and three others. One of the wounded, Reagan’s Press Secretary Ray Brady, never fully recovered from his head injuries, and they were considered the cause of his death two years ago.

Hinckley has been allowed day visits to his family for more than a decade, and his legal team has argued that he has been successfully rehabilitated.

Michael Reagan, one of the President’s sons, said that it’s time to forgive Hinckley.

But, the Simi Valley based Presidential Foundation issued a statement saying that contrary to the judge’s decision, it believes Hinckley is still a threat to others, and it strongly opposes his release.

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. 
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