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Sister of man who shot Ronald Reagan says brother ready for more time outside mental hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The sister of the man who shot President Ronald Reagan says he should be allowed to spend more time outside a Washington mental hospital where he has been confined for three decades.
Diane Sims testified Tuesday at a court hearing in Washington for her brother, John Hinckley. A jury found Hinckley was insane when he shot and wounded Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981, but doctors say his mental illness has been in remission for years.
A judge has granted Hinckley increasing freedom from the hospital in recent years, including 10-day visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va.
Sims says her brother "doesn't bother anybody" and "is not pointed out" during the visits. She says people in the town have been "very tolerant, very nice."