John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been ordered by a federal judge to be released from the psychiatric hospital where he has been incarcerated for decades.
Hinckley was found not guilty by insanity for the attempted assassination of President Reagan, an incident which left his press secretary, James Brady, paralyzed. A Secret Service officer was also shot during the attempt.
According to TMZ, Federal Judge Paul Friedman stated, "The court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released."
The news spread quickly online, where a swift response was drawn on social media sites like Facebook. One user commented, "He left James Brady paralyzed, He tried to kill a president, He should never get his freedom."
Another added, "There are people in jail for selling drugs longer than he was for attempting to assassinate the President. That can't be right."
Hinckley has been ordered to continue treatment and have no contact with the Reagan family or with Jodie Foster, with whom he was infatuated when he pulled the trigger.