Phillips sentenced for stealing from his mother

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- A North Platte man is facing jail time for stealing from his mother.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced Monday that 50-year-old Billy Phillips was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Authorities say Phillips acted as the power of attorney for his mother while she was in a nursing facility in Fillmore County.

Officials say over the past five years, he withdrew money from his mother's bank account and also cashed her annuity checks, converting more than $10,000 of his mother's money for his own use.

His mother died in February.