A Morro Bay estate attorney and former planning commissioner faces up to a year in jail and must surrender his law license after being convicted Thursday of stealing from elderly clients.
John Patrick Fennacy, 50, pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge of grand theft over $950, in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a criminal enhancement alleging he took property exceeding $65,000.
Fennacy faces a maximum of one year in San Luis Obispo County Jail, five years of formal probation, 100 hours of community service and a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution. He must immediately forfeit his license to practice law and agree not to practice law until terms of his probation are complete.
In a complaint filed in February, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office alleged that Fennacy — whose now-defunct website had listed him as specializing in elder law and estate planning — stole at least $65,000 from a client’s trust fund.
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He was a former co-owner of Brickhouse BBQ. He handed over full ownership of the restaurant to his son last year.
Fennacy is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 8 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.