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Franklin Frye, who has languished in the St. Elizabeths psych ward after stealing a $20 necklace in 1970, has for years had his petitions to leave the facility and rejoin society denied, but he may coming up on conditional release. (The Washington Times)

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Franklin Frye, 68, has been in D.C.'s St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital since being charged with stealing a $20 necklace in 1970. Photo by Jim McElhatton/The Washington Times

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Franklin Frye's lawyers and brother have tried to secure his release from St. Elizabeth's psych ward, where he has been warehoused for four decades. John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan, is allowed unsupervised trips out of the same facility. Photo by Nancy Pastor/The Washington Times