A 40-year-old St. Paul man who married his 21-year-old daughter was sentenced to two years in prison, the maximum penalty possible on an attempted incest charge.

Travis Fieldgrove pleaded no contest in a deal with prosecutors that included a joint recommendation for the sentence by the defense and prosecution.

At sentencing Thursday morning, defense attorney Jeff Loeffler said Fieldgrove is embarrassed by the offense and wishes it never happened. He said Fieldgrove suffers from a brain injury and is not “high-functioning,” according to the Grand Island Independent.

Police said Fieldgrove had a sexual relationship with his adult daughter in the beginning 2018, and even got married in Adams County.

Samantha Kershner, 21, has also taken a plea deal, reducing an incest charge down to misdemeanor false reporting, and is expected to be sentenced in June.

DNA Testing showed a 99 percent probability that Fieldgrove is Kershner’s father. Fieldgrove’s defense attorney said there’s no dispute that he is her father.

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