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John 'Jack' Hinckley; Son Wounded Reagan

Monday, February 4, 2008

John W. "Jack" Hinckley, 82, whose son attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, died Jan. 29 at his home in Williamsburg. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Hinckley had lived in Williamsburg for 22 years with his wife of 61 years, Jo Ann Hinckley. He was president of Vanderbilt Energy Corp. in Denver when his son shot and wounded Reagan and three others on March 30, 1981, outside the Washington Hilton.

John Hinckley Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, has been committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington since 1981.

In 2005, a federal judge ruled that Hinckley would be allowed brief visits to his parents' home. Last year, Hinckley's doctors said he was ready to spend more time away from the hospital, but a judge found that hospital administrators had not proposed a structure to ensure that such trips would be safe.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Hinckley's survivors include two other children.

-- News services and staff reports

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