Morro Bay attorney sentenced for grand theft

February 9, 2016
John Patrick Fennacy

John Patrick Fennacy

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.


Let’s cut this guy some slack. You can tell by his mug shot that he feels remorse.


“In addition to serving jail time, Fennacy must complete 100 hours of community service and pay both restitution and a $1,000 fine.”

…so how much is the “restitution” – and is it over $65,000? Another “deal” to give some ½-ass ADA a “win” – great.


Seems like not much punishment for the magnitude of the crime. If he’d held up a bank for $65,000 what do you suppose it would have been? Smells like more of SLO’s finest taking care of SLO’s finest.

fishing village

He owes my friend $5000, where do we line up to get the money back????


Lawyers? Never.

Skip Tracer

Speaking of corrupt lawyers: I wonder what James Wagstaffe will be charged with for getting involved with Adam Hill, Aaron Ochs, and Charles Tenborg?

what the

Oh, Waggie. Are you Adam’s tool?

Jim Anderson

Criminal conspiracy, perhaps?


Why should this guy be able to practice law at all when he gets out? it was his law degree that let him do the crime in the first place.

240 hours in jail, pay back the money plus a lousy $1k fine, and 100 hours of community service, REALLY that is all. Gee that will keep him from doing this to some other person.

And they say crime doesn’t pay


Good point. You can steal more with a pen than with a gun. Punishment isn’t nearly as bad either.

Jorge Estrada

How do you comment on excrement? This is almost like the guy they caught at Montana De Orro, the fire hose and lots of water was all that could be said.


LoL that one is one of SLO County’s most notorious stories. Most people do not believe it when I first tell them. And for some reason, I always remember to tell visitors when I take them to MdOro


There should be a special place in hell for perps who steal from seniors.