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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.

Then, Hall County Judge Mark Young sentenced him to the prison time, plus a year of post-release supervision.

With credit for good time, Fieldgrove will have to serve about eight more months.

In January, the Hall County Attorney's office charged Fieldgrove and his 21-year-old daughter, Samantha H. Kershner, with incest, alleging they had sex in September.

Kershner pleaded no contest to false reporting, a misdemeanor, and is set for sentencing in June.

Grand Island police began investigating them Sept. 18 after Kershner's mother alleged they were in an illegal relationship, according to an affidavit.

Contacted by investigators, Fieldgrove denied that he was Kershner's father. But DNA testing determined there was a near-100% probability he was, according to Adams County court records. 

Fieldgrove still faces an incest charge in Hastings, where police say they married Oct. 1.

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