Ryan O'Donnell Mother Stole Son's Cancer Benefit Money

09/15/2011 08:54 am ET | Updated Nov 15, 2011

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

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.