A Hemet lawyer who pleaded guilty to stealing from the trust account of a mentally disabled man has been given a nine-month combined jail and home confinement sentence.
Kevin Andrew Speir, 54, was taken into custody Monday after being given the sentence by Superior Court Judge Larrie R. Brainard, who also ordered Speir to pay about $69,000 in restitution to the victim, Fred J. Fox of Hemet.
Brainard ordered Speir to serve 90 days in jail, then the remainder of the sentence in home custody with a GPS bracelet on his ankle.
In a separate matter, a State Bar judge recommended that Speir be disbarred. The recommendation, filed Oct. 23, next goes to the state Supreme Court.
In that case, State Bar Judge Donald F. Miles sustained five of eight allegations that Speir had improperly taken money from clients' trust accounts. The Fox case was not included in the State Bar action.
"The main thing we were concerned about was getting Mr. Speir disbarred," Deputy District Attorney Elise J. Farrell said Friday in a phone interview. "He had been playing fast and loose with his clients' money for years." Farrell prosecuted the Riverside County criminal case.
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Hemet Attorney Sentenced for Stealing From Trust Account