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Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. wants to work in music industry, may request permission to move to California: lawyer


The man who shot President Ronald Reagan nearly 40 years ago wants to go to Hollywood.

John Hinckley Jr. is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said during a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Hinckley lives in Virginia — under a set of 30 conditions — and was not present at the hearing. Attorney Barry Levine said he would file a motion seeking reduced conditions, and added that he would ask for all restrictions to be dropped “in due course.”

However, a prosecutor said allowing Hinckley, now 64, to move to California would give the government “great pause.”

Hinckley shot Reagan and three others during the assassination attempt on March 30, 1981 in Washington. Press Secretary James Brady was critically wounded and permanently disabled, and died from his injuries in 2014. His death would be ruled a homicide.

He was found not guilty by reason of insanity after claiming the shooting was an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster, but doctors believe the mental illness he was suffering from has been in remission for decades.

Hinckley lived in a psychiatric hospital in Washington for many years, but has gradually been allowed more freedom. Hinckley now lives at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The 30 conditions include living within a 75-mile radius of Williamsburg, attending therapy sessions and volunteering or working at least three days a week.

“Some conditions that are now in place don’t need to be in place,” U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Tuesday.

Hinckley plays guitar, writes music and sings, and also takes part in music therapy once a month. He is not allowed to perform publicly.

“He’s got some talent,” Levine said.

With News Wire Services