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Oklahoma woman who married mother pleads guilty to incest

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman who married her biological mother has pleaded guilty to incest.
    
Court records show 26-year-old Misty Spann of Duncan pleaded guilty Tuesday in Stephens County District Court. Under the deal, she was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Her mother, 44-year-old Patricia Spann, has pleaded not guilty to incest.

Misty was raised by her grandmother after her mother Patricia lost custody of her three children. The mother and daughter reunited in 2014 and began an incestuous relationship. They married in March 2016 in Comanche County, Oklahoma. 

Court records show the marriage was annulled last month at the request of Misty Spann on the grounds of fraud and illegality. She reportedly said her mother assured her she had received legal advice that indicated it was not a crime for them to wed.
    
Patricia Spann has said she thought the marriage was legal because she had lost custody of her daughter and two sons years ago and isn't listed on their birth certificates.
    
Prosecutors say Patricia Spann also married one of her sons. That marriage was annulled in 2010.

Under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether or not the relationship is sexual. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.