Morro Bay attorney dies while on probation
July 25, 2016
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.