Grand Island man pleads not guilty to incest again

(Source: Hall Co Jail)
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) A Grand Island man claims he's innocent of felony incest in connection with a case in which he married his own daughter.

Travis Fieldgrove, 40, is charged in Adams County District Court in Hastings. Court records indicate he married his daughter, Samantha Kershner, 22, St. Paul, in October of last year. 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 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.

Fieldgrove Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the Adams County incest charge. A jury trial in the case is scheduled January 6. If convicted, he could get up to four 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 judge sentenced Fieldgrove to two years in prison.

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.