Homicide

Prosecutors: John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, won't face new charges in death of James Brady

  • FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington.  Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 30, 2011 file photo, former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting.  Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    FILE - In this March 30, 2011 file photo, former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 30, 1981 file photo, Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, Washington policeman, Thomas K. Delehanty, and White House press secretary, James Brady, lie wounded on a street outside a Washington hotel after shots were fired at President Reagan.  Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

    FILE - In this March 30, 1981 file photo, Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, Washington policeman, Thomas K. Delehanty, and White House press secretary, James Brady, lie wounded on a street outside a Washington hotel after shots were fired at President Reagan. Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)  (The Associated Press)

Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary.

John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of Reagan and three others, including his then-press secretary James Brady. Hinckley has been committed to a psychiatric hospital for the past 32 years.

Brady suffered debilitating injuries in the shooting and died in August at age 73. The Virginia medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide. But new criminal charges against Hinckley were considered unlikely.

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen announced Friday that Hinckley won't be charged, in part because prosecutors are barred from arguing now that Hinckley was sane at the time of the shootings.