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WASHINGTON – The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 will be back in a Washington courtroom for hearings on whether he should spend more time outside a mental hospital that has been his home for decades.
John Hinckley Jr. is currently allowed to spend 17 days a month at his mother's home in Virginia. Hearings that begin Wednesday and are expected to last several days will determine whether Hinckley gets more time there.
Hinckley has lived at St. Elizabeths, a Washington mental hospital, ever since a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting.
In 2003, a judge ruled Hinckley could have day visits with his parents outside the hospital, and since then he has been granted increasing amounts of time outside the hospital.