WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 has behaved well over the past year when he's been freed from a Washington mental hospital to visit his mother in Virginia, according to U.S. Secret Service reports.
Agents trailed John Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother's home in Williamsburg. Surveillance logs show he shopped at PetSmart, Target and the grocery store Harris Teeter.
He also did volunteer work, visited an art museum on the campus of the College of William and Mary and made planned therapy visits. The logs were part of more than a 150 pages of documents filed Wednesday as part of a court case where Hinckley is asking a judge to let him spend more time at his mother's home.
The mundaneness of the activities made public Wednesday contrasts with a log released last year that got Hinckley into trouble.
It showed him visiting a Barnes & Noble in late 2011. There, an agent saw him looking at what appeared to be a row of books including one on the assassination of President William McKinley and another on the killing of President John F. Kennedy. Prosecutors used that information in part to say he shouldn't be given expanded time outside the hospital. This time, the logs repeatedly conclude: "No unusual incidents pertaining to the subject were observed during this surveillance."
Hinckley, 57, has been allowed to go to mother's home since 2006, and the length of his visits has increased over time. Saint Elizabeths Hospital is the mental hospital that has overseen his care since he was found to be insane at the time he shot Reagan. It says Hinckley's current 10-day visits with his mother should be increased to up to 24 days. Ultimately, officials want Hinckley to live outside the hospital full time. Officials and Hinckley's lawyer have said he is no longer dangerous and the mental illness that led him to shoot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster is under control.
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