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‘Bachelor’ star Chris Soules gets sentencing for 2017 crash delayed


AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideINDEPENDENCE, Iowa. – Chris Soules, the Iowa farmer who found national fame on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” had his sentencing for a reduced charge stemming from a 2017 fatal crash delayed Tuesday.Soules, 37, pleaded guilty last year to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.His lawyers successfully argued that Soules’ presentencing report, intended to aid the court in deciding on an appropriate punishment, should not have included written statements from relatives of the victim of the crash.Judge Andrea Dryer granted a request from both sides calling for a new presentencing report and said delayed Soules’ sentencing until the Iowa Department of Corrections submits that document.Case primer: What you need to know about Soules’ 2017 crash and its aftermathDelay:  Why Chris Soules wasn’t sentenced as expected TuesdayAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideSoules called 911 from the scene of a fatal crash in Buchanan County on April 24, 2017, telling the dispatcher he had hit a man on a tractor while driving his truck, according to audio of the call.Kenneth Mosher, 66, of Aurora, Iowa, was taken after the crash by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead. He had been a resident of Aurora, a town of fewer than 200 people, for much of his life.Remembering Kenny Mosher:  ‘He was what all good Christian farmers should be’In conjunction with Soules’ November 2018 plea, defense lawyers said that the tractor was improperly lit, and revealed new information about injuries Soules sustained, including a concussion.By pleading guilty to a reduced charge, Soules faces up to two years in prison, rather than up to five years. It also allows him the option of withdrawing his guilty plea if a judge does not accept the plea agreement he struck with prosecutors.Soules would also then be free to request a deferred judgment or suspended sentence, which would let him avoid prison time and possibly remove the charge from his record.Chris Soules wreck:  Wrongful death claim settled with $2.5 million to victim’s estateAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/05/21/bachelor-star-chris-soules-sentencing-iowa-crash/3750758002/

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