KFDM/Fox 4 News has learned a Tyler County judge sentenced a cold case murder suspect to life in prison and 99 years in prison for separate convictions unrelated to the murder.
A jury in Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker's court convicted Daniel Andrew MacGinnis, 60, Tuesday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. He was sentenced to life for the firearm conviction and 99 years for the drug conviction. The date for each of those offenses in Tyler County was September 29, 2017. The punishment was enhanced because of his criminal record.
He's expected to stand trial in Jefferson County at some point in the future for the murder charge in connection with the 1988 killing of Patricia Ann Jacobs.
Previous story August 29 - The family of Patricia Ann Jacobs is speaking out about the arrest of a suspect in her 1988 murder, expressing their thanks to law enforcement officers for developing evidence that led to the arrest of Daniel Andrew MacGinnis, 60, Tuesday.
Her three children released a statement on behalf of "Pat" Jacobs, expressing gratitude toward law enforcement for the arrest and expressing anger toward the suspect.
"31 years ago at the ages of 17, 16 and 12, we had a beautiful, young, loving mother that touched many lives and in the blink of an eye this monster took her away and we were left to pick up the pieces," according to the statement. "She was robbed of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, graduations, weddings, baby showers, birthdays and so much more."
The Jefferson County grand jury indicted MacGinnis in August for the 1988 murder of Jacobs, 36, from Hardin County.
Her body was discovered in October, 1988 in the Neches River beneath the Rainbow Bridge in Port Arthur.
Investigators arrested MacGinnis August 27 at his home in Tyler County.
During a news conference with Texas Rangers and Port Arthur Police, D.A. Bob Wortham said teamwork and DNA evidence from Jacobs' clothing that could finally be processed using modern technology, helped lead to the arrest in the cold case murder.
Investigators say the the DNA evidence matched MacGinnis' profile. His profile had been entered in both Texas and California because investigators say he's a convicted and registered sex offender.
Wortham says MacGinnis will be transferred to Tyler County to face a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, separate from the murder case.