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NY mother who gambled away thousands raised to help son with cancer gets 5 years' probation
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ' An upstate New York mother who gambled away thousands of dollars raised to help her son fight cancer has been sentenced to five years' probation.
Sherry Holcomb of Cortland pleaded guilty in Buffalo last September to a felony count of scheme to defraud.
At her sentencing Wednesday in state Supreme Court, she also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
Authorities say Holcomb opened a bank account for her 21-year-old son, Ryan O'Donnell, depositing money raised at a benefit and included in get-well cards.
But, she says, she then withdrew the money to gamble at casinos across the Northeast.
As part of her plea, she agreed to pay $15,000 in restitution.
Ryan O'Donnell has been treated for leukemia at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.