Oklahoma woman accused of marrying her mother receives deferred sentence


Court records indicate Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 26, was set for a bench trial Tuesday but instead entered a plea to illegally marrying 44-year-old Patricia Ann Spann, who is identified as Patricia Ann Clayton on their marriage license application filed in March 2016 in Comanche County. According to an affidavit, Patrica told police she and Misty "hit if off" after reuniting.

Patricia lost custody of Misty and her two other children when they were younger and didn't reconnect with them until 2014. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Misty chose to take a plea deal, admitting to the relationship in exchange for a lighter sentence.

The Stephens County District Court sentenced Misty Spann to 10 years probation, according to Tulsa World.

Patricia also was charged with incest in the case and is scheduled to appear in court in January.

Another one of Patricia's sons told KSWO that she tried to have an inappropriate relationship with him as well, but he denied her advances.

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It's not the first time she has married one of her children. However, court records show she also married her biological son in Comanche County back in 2008, but the partnership was annulled in 2010.

Stephens County court records show that the mother-daughter marriage was annulled October 12, six weeks after Misty Spann filed a petition asking for an annulment "by reason of illegality and fraud". The mother reportedly believed that since her name was no longer mentioned on her daughter's birth certificate, their union would not be judged as illegal.

"Why she chose her daughter, I'm not sure", Smith said. "She forced my sister into this, there's a lot of people that know it", he told KWSO. "If that's what you want that's on you, but none of us kids want that, and now you got my sister behind bars because of your choices, why don't you let that sit on you as a mom'".

Misty and Patricia were also trying to adopt a child, and they thought tying the knot might help that process, he added.

Under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether or not the relationship is sexual.