An Oklahoma woman who found herself on the wrong side of the law after authorities learned that she was legally married to her mother has pleaded guilty to incest and been sentenced to 10 years of probation in the unsettling case.
Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 26, and her mother, 44-year-old Patricia Spann, applied for a marriage license in March 2016, with the elder Spann listing herself as Patricia Ann Clayton on the paperwork, Tulsa World reported.
It wasn’t until a Department of Human Services child welfare investigator looked into their case that another terrifying truth was revealed: Patricia Spann married her biological son in the same county back in 2008. That marriage was annulled in 2010 when the son came forward to claim that their coupling was incestuous.
The DHS investigator also learned that Patricia Spann did not report that marriage when she filed for a marriage license with her daughter. The mother allegedly believed that their marriage was legal because her name did not appear on Misty Spann’s birth certificate, so nobody would know that they were blood relatives.
Misty Spann was set to appear for trial on Tuesday but instead pleaded guilty to incest, which is a felony offense in Oklahoma that is punishable by up to ten years in prison. She was instead sentenced to a 10-year deferred sentence that will see her avoid jail time so long as she adheres to the terms of her probation.
Patricia Spann will appear in court in January for the illicit marriage, which was annulled last month after Misty Spann filed “by reason of illegality and fraud.” She claimed that her mother had misled her into thinking the marriage was legal.