WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who attempted to assassinate former president Ronald Reagan more than 30 years ago will soon be spending more time outside a Washington mental hospital.
Hinckley avoided prison in 1982 when he was found not guilty by readon of insanity in shooting Reagan the year before. For the last eight years, he has been allowed to leave the hospital to visit his mother's Virginia home.
The length of those visits has increased over the years with the goal that Hinckley might ultimately live outside the hospital full time.
In December, a judge ruled that Hinckley should be allowed to make visits of up to 17 days, an increase from previous 10-day visits.
The judge laid out the parameters of the monthly visits in an order Wednesday. Hinckley's lawyer said he expects the 17-day visits to start in March, calling the judge's order a "milestone."
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