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Mom Gambles Away Son's Cancer Benefit Money

Sherry R. Holcomb, 46, of Cortland, pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to a felony count of scheme to defraud.

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She opened a bank account and deposited the money raised at a benefit, and even funds sent with get-well cards, for Ryan O'Donnell, her 21-year-old son who's being treated for leukemia. Then she used ATM cards to withdraw $15,000 to finance her gambling at casinos across the Northeast.

"I'm not sure how much of Ryan's money I've gambled away, but it is virtually all gone," she said.

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