Two years after getting into a car crash that killed an Iowa farmer, former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and will serve probation for that time.
Soules accepted the sentence Friday, E! News reports, citing court documents. Per the agreement, Soules, who waived the right to appear in court for sentencing, was also ordered to pay a minimum fine of $625, in addition to a 35 percent surcharge and any other applicable court costs, according to the outlet.
Soules’ sentencing comes after the 37-year-old former reality TV star entered a conditional guilty plea in November 2018 to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, People reports.
Soules was arrested in Iowa in April 2017 after getting into a car crash. Soules is said to have rear-ended a tractor trailer with his pickup truck at around 8:20 p.m., causing both vehicles to veer into a ditch, Iowa authorities confirmed to the outlet. Soules reportedly called 911 after the crash, but he is then alleged to have fled the scene; police later confronted him at his home in Arlington, where he was arrested.
The driver of the tractor trailer, a 66-year-old veteran named Kenneth Mosher, was transported to a local hospital following the crash, where he was pronounced dead.
Following Soules’ arrest, his attorney released a statement confirming his involvement in the accident and offering his condolences to the victim’s family, according to E! News.
“Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home,” the statement reads. “He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers [are] with Mr. Mosher's family.”
Soules, who first appeared as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” in 2014, starred in “The Bachelor” in 2015. He also appeared on “Dancing with The Stars.
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