Morro Bay attorney dies while on probation

July 25, 2016
John Patrick Fennacy

John Patrick Fennacy

Former attorney and Morro Bay planning commissioner, John Fennacy died  a little more than a week ago at the age of 50. Fennacy was found dead at his home, according to the Morro Bay Police Department.

Authorities have not released further details about Fennacy’s death. The cause of death is unknown.

Fennacy died while he was on probation for a grand theft conviction. The former attorney allegedly stole money from a trust fund belonging to elderly clients.

Prosecutors initially alleged Fennacy embezzled at least $65,000 from the trust fund. Last year, Fennacy pleaded no contest of a single felony charge of grand theft over $950, and prosecutors dropped an enhancement alleging he stole more than $65,000.

In February, Fennacy was sentenced to 240 days in jail. The former attorney was also ordered to serve probation, complete 100 hours of community service and pay both restitution and a $1,000 fine. He was barred from practicing law while on probation.

Fennacy specialized in elder law and estate planning, according to his website, which was taken down.

From Jan. 2012 to May 2014, he served on the Morro Bay Planning Commission.



  1. micsca says:

    A tragedy for his family. No matter how much good he did in this world, the past few years of his life is all people will remember.

  2. slophocles says:

    It’s tough being a human, knowing what and what not to do in life. Let’s not shame the deceased, for who knows, on this anonymous comment board, what any of us have done, or are doing at the moment. RIP, fellow human.

    • SLO_Johnny says:

      Why do I have to be nice to the guy because he is dead???? He ripped off vulnerable elderly people ruining their final years of life and we are just supposed to forget that, why???

      • slophocles says:

        You don’t have to forget what he did – it would probably be hard to unless you underwent some type of hypnotherapy or contracted some type of amnesia state. And you can’t be nice or mean to someone who’s no longer here. All that’s left of him is a memory – let us not desecrate it.

  3. charger805 says:

    Wow! If you’re covering this story over $65k, I can’t believe Cal Coast News didn’t pick up the story about the employee from the local Ford dealership who stole a lot more than that. That person was sentenced in June…

    • tidepool says:

      don’t leave us in suspense!!!! give us the details, a link, a name… or you must be a liar~

  4. SLOpoker says:

    Did the money go for hair transplants?

  5. joseywales says:

    my guess is one of the deadliest of all sins, GLUTTONY, got him.

  6. 805code4 says:

    The wage of sin is death, and none of us are making it out alive either.

  7. SLO_Johnny says:

    You can steal more with a briefcase than a gun. His victims will now have to try to sue his estate but that is about useless.

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