More than two years after “Bachelor” star Chris Soules was involved in a crash near his Iowa farm that left a man dead, his case finally seems close to reaching a conclusion — one that could see Soules avoid jail time.
Soules’ lawyers struck a deal with prosecutors for a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation. Soules had pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a lesser charge than his initial felony arrest of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. The sentencing agreement is waiting for a judge’s approval.
In April 2017, the Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star was driving a pickup truck that collided with Kenny Mosher’s tractor, killing the 66-year-old Mosher. Soules made a more than 5-minute-long 911 call after the collision, and it appears he tried checking the tractor driver’s pulse. The charges were based on his leaving the scene before giving a statement to police. He was arrested later at his home, and authorities said that alcoholic beverages and containers had been found in his vehicle.
According to People Magazine, Soules wrote in a conditional guilty plea earlier this year: “By way of factual basis, I hereby state that on or about April 24, 2017 in Buchanan County, Iowa, I was driving a vehicle that was involved in an accident resulting in serious injury to another person. I knew the accident occurred and knew it resulted in an injury to another person.”
Soules and his family had already agreed to a $2.5 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit brought Mosher’s family.
Robert Roepke, whose daughter is married to the Mosher’s son, told People Magazine back in 2017, that he believed the incident to be a “very tragic, sad accident.” Roepke came to Soules’ defense.
“Chris comes from a good family and is still well-vested in farming. He’s got a great life ahead of him,” Roepke told People Magazine. “This is a serious bump in the road, and I don’t know about his [alleged] alcohol issue, but I just know that this was a huge mistake. It’s something he’s going to have to deal with for the rest of his life. It just ended very tragically.”
Soules was near the height of his celebrity when the crash happened, and was an outspoken advocate for issues affecting farmers and rural America.