By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – A man who was recently arrested in a cold case murder investigation was handed a life sentence and 99 years in a Tyler County courtroom for convictions unrelated to the murder arrest.
Daniel Andrew MacGinnis, a 60-year-old Warren man, was sentenced to life in prison and 99 years in prison for the charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He received the life sentence for the firearm conviction and the 99 years for the drug charge.
The sentence was handed down last Tuesday in the courtroom of District 1A Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker. The charges the jury convicted MacGinnis of came from a Sept. 29, 2017 arrest in Woodville, and the punishment range was enhanced due to his extensive criminal record.
MacGinnis, a registered sex offender, was arrested on Aug. 27 for the murder of Patricia Ann Jacobs of Hardin County. Jacobs was found dead under the Rainbow Bridge in Jefferson County in 1988.
Recent DNA testing on newly discovered evidence from the crime pinpointed MacGinnis, who is listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Public Sex Offender Registry for three convictions dating back to 1984, ranging from aggravated kidnapping to rape by force.
According to Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, MacGinnis had been placed into the custody of the Jefferson County Jail under a $1 million bond but was transferred to Tyler County to await trial for the two charges. He is expected to stand trial in Jefferson County in the future for the murder charge.
Following MacGinnis’s August arrest, the DPS noted that Texas Rangers are continuing their investigation in East Texas and have reached out to law enforcement agencies in other states such as California and Idaho to determine if MacGinnis is tied to any other cold cases.