WASHINGTON — A federal judge rejected Monday a request by John W. Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Reagan five years ago, that he be allowed to leave his mental hospital unattended once a month.
Hinckley contended that his crime and not his mental condition has prevented him from gaining greater freedom at St. Elizabeths mental hospital.
"I don't claim to be a perfect person, but I do know that my mental illness is in remission," a subdued Hinckley told U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker, who presided at his trial.
Hinckley, in a brief statement to the court, said he felt remorse for the shooting of Reagan outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981, an act he described as ugly and senseless. Three other people were wounded in the incident.