The Scottish drifter who knifed actress Theresa Saldana on a West Hollywood street in 1982 was charged today with eight felony counts for allegedly issuing death threats from his prison cell.
"He could receive a life term for this, given his deranged mental state, because the laws have been changed," District Atty. Ira Reiner said, referring to stiffer laws enacted in 1983 for attempted murder. "The argument is you shouldn't reward someone for bad aim," Reiner said.
When he is released, Arthur Jackson, 53, whose June 15 parole was already in jeopardy because he broke windows at Soledad Prison, will be transferred to County Jail to await trial on the new charges, Reiner said.
The eight counts involved "threatening a witness by force" against the actress and her rescuer, Jeff Fenn, on March 15, 1987, and last year on March 6, 10, 14, 15, 21 and 23 and on Aug. 8. Fenn is now a county sheriff's deputy.