Morro Bay attorney sentenced for grand theft
February 9, 2016
A former attorney and Morro Bay planning commissioner was sentence Monday to 240 days in jail. John Patrick Fennacy, 50, pleaded no contest last year in a grand theft case involving elderly clients. [KSBY]
Prosecutors initially alleged Fennacy embezzled at least $65,000 from a client’s trust fund. Fennacy pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of grand theft over $950, and prosecutors dropped an enhancement alleging he stole more than $65,000.
In addition to serving jail time, Fennacy must complete 100 hours of community service and pay both restitution and a $1,000 fine.
Additionally, Fennacy will be placed on probation, and during that period, he will not be allowed to practice law.
Fennacy specialized in elder law and estate planning, according to his website, which is no longer online.
From Jan. 2012 to May 2014, he served on the Morro Bay Planning Commission. Fennacy also co-owned the Brickhouse BBQ in Morro Bay.
Fennacy faced a maximum sentence of one year in jail and five years of probation. He is not currently in custody, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website.