The man who shot James Brady in the head while trying to assassinate President Reagan remains institutionalized in St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital, although he has been allowed to leave for days at a time to visit his mother.
John Hinckley Jr., 59, was sent to St. Elizabeth's after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting Reagan, then-press secretary Brady, a police officer and a
Brady, who died Monday at 73, was left paralyzed and became a staunch gun-control advocate after the March 30, 1981, shooting outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Since 2006, Hinckley has been allowed to leave the
Hinckley, who was still being watched by the Secret Service, had been behaving normally; going shopping with his mother and behaving normally while at her home, according to court documents released in April 2013.
Hinckley's father died in 2008, according to Virginia's Daily Press.
The Secret Service had kept detailed notes of its random observations of Hinckley, including what he ate, the cleanliness of his clothes and his online activity, according to court records.
The records also noted Hinckley had been punished in the past for perusing books related to presidential assassinations.
Hinckley's mother, Jo Ann, could not be reached for comment Monday.
During his trial, Hinckley's defense argued he had schizophrenia and became infatuated with
Hinckley, the defense said, became obsessed with Foster after seeing her in the 1976
In the film, Foster plays a prostitute who befriends a taxi driver played by
Former Times staff writer Wes Venteicher contributed to this report.