St. Paul woman gets jail for lying in incest case

(Source: Hall Co Jail)
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) A St. Paul woman who authorities said tried to marry her father in Adams county is going to jail.

Samantha Kershner, 21, was arrested by Grand Island authorities for incest after they believed she had sex with her biological father, Travis Fieldgrove, 40, also of St. Paul.

She was also originally charged with incest in Adams county when she and her father went to Hastings in January with the intent of getting married. Adams county authorities later charged her with misdemeanor lying under oath. She pleaded no contest and Wednesday was sentenced to 22 days in jail.

Kershner had also been originally charged with incest in Hall County, but a spokesperson in the county attorney's office said the incest charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. Kershner was convicted of misdemeanor false reporting and was sentenced to nine months probation.

Fieldgrove was originally charged with incest in Hall County, but later pleaded no contest to an attempted felony charge as part of a plea agreement. A judge sentenced Fieldgrove to two years in prison.

A felony incest charge against Fieldgrove is still pending in Adams County, where a hearing on the matter is scheduled next month.

Grand Island police arrested Fieldgrove and Kershner January 29.

Police said the two were involved in an intimate relationship beginning in September of 2018 in Grand Island, despite evidence that Fieldgrove is the paternal parent of Kershner.

Evidence leading up to the arrest suggests that Fieldgrove and Kershner were aware of the biological relationship before being intimate, and further indicates that they quickly married one another in Adams County after being notified of the investigation.