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Man sentenced to 2 years for marrying, having sex with daughter after ‘jealous competition’ with sister

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A Nebraska man was sentenced to prison Thursday after he was charged for marrying and having sex with his biological daughter, who was reportedly in a “jealous” competition with her half-sister.

Travis Fieldgrove was sentenced to two years in prison and 12 months of post-release supervision Thursday following an attempted incest conviction, his attorney, Jeff Loeffler confirmed to the Daily News.

Fieldgrove, 39, was charged after he married and had sex with his 21-year-old biological daughter, Samantha Kershner, as reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

Kershner told police she first wanted to know who her father was around three years ago, and her mother set up a meeting between the two. Kershner and Fieldgrove had a father-daughter relationship for three years, but after a “jealous competition with her half sister,” the relationship changed, the World-Herald reported.

Fieldgrove and Kershner became intimate in Sept. 2018, according to a statement from the Grand Island Police Department.

Grand Island Police say there was evidence the two married “quickly” after they found out about the investigation into their relationship, and they “were aware of the biological relationship before being intimate.”

According to the World-Herald, the two married on Oct. 1.

Fieldgrove’s attorney denies the two were aware they were biologically related when they were married, however.

“This incident involved 2 consensual adults who were father and daughter. They did not know that they were father and daughter when the incident occurred,” Loffler wrote to the Daily News.
Both Fieldgrove and Kershner were arrested for incest on Jan. 29 this year, according to a statement from Grand Island Police.

DNA tests proved the two were biologically related, the World-Herald reported. Fieldgrove was initially charged with incest — a felony in Nebraska — and pleaded no contest in April to an attempt charge.

Thursday, Fieldgrove was sentenced to two years in prison with 1 year of post-release supervision.

Kershner also faces a felony incest charge, and her trial is scheduled in August, KSNB reported. Both Kershner and Fieldgrove face pending incest charges in Adams County.

Loeffler said that Fieldgrove “suffers from a brain injury and is not a ‘high-functioning’ person,” the World-Herald reported.

“Understandably, Travis is very embarrassed and wishes this would not have happened. He is not a sexual predator and this offense does not subject him to the sex offender registration act,” Loeffler wrote to the Daily News.

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