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FOR­MER DEPUTY SEN­TENCED TO SERVE 25 YEARS

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

A for­mer sher­iff’s deputy con­victed of child mo­lesta­tion in New­ton County Superior Court last week was sen­tenced to spend at least the next 25 years in prison this morn­ing at the Ju­di­cial Cen­ter in down­town Cov­ing­ton.

Al­covy Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit Judge Ho­race J. John­son sen­tenced Daniel McGin­nis to life, with the first 25 years to be served in prison for ag­gra­vated child mo­lesta­tion and in­cest. McGin­nis also re­ceived 20 years, with 19 years to be served in con­fine­ment for four counts of child mo­lesta­tion. Two other child mo­lesta­tion counts were merged with those four. The 19 year sen­tence will run con­cur­rently to the 25 years.

New­ton County As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Tabitha Rogers said, pend­ing the out­come of the ap­peal process, McGin­nis will not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­til he serves the 25 years in prison. Ac­cord­ing to Rogers, if/ when McGin­nis is re­leased from prison, he will be re­quired to reg­is­ter as a Sex Of­fender.

David La­malva, McGin­nis’ at­tor­ney, said McGin­nis main­tains his in­no­cence and plans to as­sert all of his ap­pel­late rights. McGin­nis

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