San Antonio lawyer gets 5 years in prison

August 16, 2011 4:20:29 AM PDT
A San Antonio attorney has been sentenced to five years in prison and must give up his law license for stealing a $65,000 settlement from a client.

A judge in San Antonio on Monday also ordered 55-year-old Sean F. O'Neill to make full restitution when he is released from prison. O'Neill in April pleaded guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property, with the possibility of probation if he repaid the money by August. Businessman Rudy Ortega was owed the settlement as part of an insurance fraud lawsuit. The San Antonio Express-News reports O'Neill offered just $2,500 during sentencing. O'Neill, who has closed his law office, apologized in court and says he has regained his sobriety.