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Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Woman marries mother, gets 10 years jail term

Woman marries mother, gets 10 years jail term

A woman in Duncan, Oklahoma was jailed for 10 years in an incest case on Tuesday, 7 November, after she pleaded guilty to marrying her own biological mother.

Patrica Ann Spann, 44, knowingly married her biological daughter, 26-year-old Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, in 2016, according to court records.

Two years of Misty's deferred sentence of 10 years must be under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the outlet reports.

The mother, Patricia, lost custody of Misty and her son when they were children.

Prosecutors said Patricia Spann also married one of her sons in 2008.

The marriage was annulled in October at the request of Misty, who cited "illegality and fraud".

Mother Spann allegedly told cops she didn't think the twosome broke any laws - because she was no longer listed as a parent on Misty's birth certificate.

That marriage was annulled two years later by the son, on the basis that it was incestuous.

Patricia, who gave her name as Patricia Ann Clayton on their marriage application, is due to stand trial in January.

She reportedly said her mother told her she had received legal advice indicating that their marriage was legal.

There's a scientific explanation for why couples like Patricia and Misty Spann get together, despite being related as mother and daughter.

When she reconnected with Misty Spann, they "hit it off", Patricia Spann allegedly told the welfare worker.

Like her daughter Patricia also faces charges of incest.

But indeed they were, and just a few months later, in September 2016, the two were charged with incest after a DHS child welfare worker discovered the relationship.

Incest in the U.S. state of Oklahoma is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. "Obviously, some of the things that I took into consideration was her age and her lack of any criminal history and that is how we came to that plea agreement".

Under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether or not the relationship is sexual.

In the complaint, Misty stated that her mother "consulted with three separate attorneys who advised there would be no problem with the marriage". Was she an adult?

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