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Booking Photo Sean Christopher Maneely (DOB 12-6-66)
Booking Photo Sean Christopher Maneely (DOB 12-6-66)

Morro Bay Man Sentenced to State Prison for Manslaughter

Author: District Attorney
Date: 7/30/2020 4:21:30 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Sean Christopher Maneely (53) has been sentenced to six years in state prison for the stabbing death of Andrew Ignatius McTaggart, which took place on January 25, 2020 in the city of Morro Bay.


District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Sean Christopher Maneely (DOB 12-6-66) has been sentenced to six years in state prison for the January 25, 2020 stabbing death of Andrew Ignatius McTaggart.  Maneely was initially charged with second degree murder on January 30, 2020.  Subsequent investigation revealed that Maneely’s conduct did not compellingly exhibit the “implied malice” necessary for a murder conviction. Maneely admitted to committing voluntary manslaughter with the use of a knife and was sentenced by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Timothy S. Covello. 

The conviction stems from an incident occurring shortly before 4 p.m. in the city of Morro Bay, in which Maneely fatally stabbed Mr. McTaggart during an altercation at the Morro Bay Self Storage.

The case was investigated by the Morro Bay Police Department with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rajesh Chabra.

A copy of the charging document can be accessed here.  A copy of the defendant's booking photo can be found here.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.

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