Judge to reassess visit conditions for Reagan assailant Hinckley

October 24, 2006|By THE DAILY PRESS

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge signaled his desire yesterday to re-examine conditions for presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.'s visits to his parents' home near Williamsburg, Va., noting the advancing age of the elderly couple.

The man who shot President Reagan and three others in 1981 - and was found not guilty by reason of insanity - has completed at least seven visits to his parents' home in Virginia, lawyers confirmed in court yesterday.

While those visits were considered successful, Hinckley's father no longer serves as custodian of his son because of the elder Hinckley's fragile health, prosecutors said. Hinckley's mother, who recently turned 80, now has sole custody during the visits, each of which is of four nights' duration, according to prosecutors and Barry Levine, Hinckley's longtime attorney.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman said he might want to require Hinckley's older brother and sister to share legal custody with their mother on future visits.

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