Pismo Beach lawyer gets 5 years of probation for embezzling $275,000

nwilson@thetribunenews.comMay 21, 2012 

Correction: William Terhune received a sentence of five years of probation, not five years in prison.

A South County lawyer was sentenced to five years' probation and credit for 213 days of time served in County Jail today after pleading no contest to felony grand theft by embezzlement.

Judge Barry LaBarbera handed down the sentence to William Peter Terhune, 57, of Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Terhune transferred about $275,000 to his business account from the estate of Junko S. Hensling, which he'd been administering, according to a report filed by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Hensling, a native of Japan, was a resident of Los Osos at the time of her death in December 2007, according to a police report. She willed her estate to a sole beneficiary, Momoko Sasaki of Japan.

Terhune has a restitution hearing scheduled for Dec. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

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