NY mom admits stealing son's cancer benefit money

By the Associated Press | September 15, 2011 | 8:00 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman has admitted to gambling away thousands of dollars raised to help her son fight cancer.

The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/nfPO5l ) that 46-year-old Sherry Holcomb of Cortland pleaded guilty Wednesday in state Supreme Court to a felony count of scheme to defraud.

The newspaper reports that Holcomb confessed to losing $15,000 of her son's benefit money while gambling at casinos in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada.

Prosecutors say the money had been raised for her 21-year-old son, Ryan O'Donnell, who's being treated for leukemia.

She faces up to four years in prison when she's sentenced Nov. 16.


Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com