An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 10 years deferred after pleading guilty to marrying her own mother. In Oklahoma, incest is punishable by up to a decade behind bars regardless of sexual contact, so 10 years probation is, obviously, preferable. It’s certainly a bizarre case as the woman wasn’t even her mother’s first incestuous marriage; that honor belongs to her brother.
Patricia Ann Spann, now 44, had lost custody of her two children many years ago, but would later reconnect with them in their adulthood. She married her son, Cody Spann, in 2008. The unlawful union was terminated in 2010, when the son filed for divorce citing “incest” as the reason. In 2014, Patricia Spann reconnected with her daughter, Misty Velvet Dawn Spann.
Misty and her mother “hit it off” and decided to get married. The elder Spann figured that since her name no longer appeared on her daughter’s birth certificate, it was okay. Yet blood, as they say (sort of), is thicker than paper.
When asked why she married her own children, Patricia Spann said she was trying to prevent her son from being deployed and had hoped to adopt another child after marrying her daughter. However, Cody Spann called his mother “worthless” and indicated he felt that his mother had tricked his sister into marriage.
“For you to want to put your own daughter through this, what kind of person are you? 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.”
It is not clear if the relationship between mom and daughter was ever intimate in any way—she denied any intimacy with her son—though the Daily Mail is reporting that it was. Patricia Spann has pleaded not guilty, and is due to appear in court next year.