One of the Briton’s most dangerous prisoners will remain behind bars until he is a pensioner after trying to kill two prison officers.
New York gangster, 36-year-old Clifton ‘Yankee’ Jeter who was was already serving life for a gruesome knife murder in Brighton has been hand two more life sentences for trying to cut the throats of prison guards, Alistair Cadell and Liam Keates using a makeshift blade.
Jeter melted a razor blade into a plastic knife handle and attacked his victims near his cell on a small unit for dangerous prisoners at HMP Manchester, leaving the two men traumatised and scarred.
For the attempted murders, Jeter has been handed a further two life sentences of 34 years for the attempted murders, adding 13 years to the sentence he is already serving, the Manchester Evening News reports.
He will not be eligible for parole until the year 2048 when he will be 70 years old, after a judge said he was ‘highly dangerous individual’.
Shortly before the attack in November 2013, Jeter threatened to ‘Christen the jail with blood’ and warned “I want off this unit. It’s game on. I’ll fuck you all up.”
Jeter later set upon the officers from behind on a corridor cutting Mr Cadell to the cheek, the back of his head, his back and shoulder.
The back of Mr Keates’ neck was sliced open, and he was cut in the leg after he went to rescue Cadell from the attack.
In his defence, Jeter claimed that an influx of radical Muslim prisoners had been assaulting other inmates and a gang called the Piranhas had formed to ‘defend themselves’ from extremist violence.
The court heard how staff believed he was a ‘Piranha’ and threatened to ‘get him’ when he refused their demands that he assault convicted terrorist Parviz Khan, who was moved onto the unit weeks after he was.
However the jury rejected his account, which a judge described as “devious and dishonest.”
Sir David Maddison, sitting as a High Court judge at Manchester Crown Court told him: “You threw as much mud as possible in the hope some of it would stick.
“I am sure your motivation was to get off the Special Intervention Unit as you had simply had enough of being there.
“It’s important I pass a clear and deterrent sentence as a message to any other prisoners who may be thinking of attacking prison officers.”
Manchester Governor Heather Sheldon said: “I welcome this sentence for what was a horrendous attack on two prison officers going about their daily duties.
“We will not tolerate violence against our staff and this shows our commitment to working with the police and the CPS to ensure perpetrators are prosecuted.”