Grand Island man gets two years in prison for attempted incest

Published: May. 30, 2019 at 1:47 PM CDT
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A Grand Island man convicted of attempted incest for having sex with his daughter is getting two years in prison.

Court records show Travis Fieldgrove, 40, married his daughter, Samantha Kershner, 22, St. Paul, in October of 2018. The marriage took place at the Adams county courthouse in Hastings.

Grand Island police said the two were involved in an intimate relationship beginning in September 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.

Fieldgrove had originally been charged with felony incest, but instead was convicted of attempted incest in December in Adams County. He was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

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

Kershner was arrested by Grand Island authorities in connection with the same investigation.

She was also originally charged with incest in Adams county. Adams County authorities later charged her with misdemeanor lying under oath. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 22 days in jail.

She 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.