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John Hinckley Jr.
FBI mug shot of Hinckley in 1981
Born John Warnock Hinckley Jr.
May 29, 1955 (1955-05-29) (ageĀ 66)
Ardmore, Oklahoma, U.S.
Parents John Warnock Hinckley Sr. and Jo Ann Moore

John Warnock Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955) is an American man who, on March 30, 1981, attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. Using a revolver, he wounded Reagan, police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy. He critically wounded Press Secretary James Brady, who was permanently disabled in the shooting.

Hinckley was reportedly seeking fame in order to impress actress Jodie Foster, on whom he had an obsessive fixation. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and remained under institutional psychiatric care until September 10, 2016. Public outcry over the verdict led to the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984, which altered the rules for consideration of mental illness of defendants in Federal Criminal Court proceedings in the United States. Along with Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, Hinckley is one of three attempted presidential assassins currently living who are not in prison.

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