Chris Soules signed a plea agreement following his involvement in a car accident in Aurora, Iowa, last April that left a man dead.
According to court documents obtained by ET, the 37-year-old former member Single Star filed a written guilty plea in Buchanan County on Tuesday for a misdemeanor charge of Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor. Soules was originally accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a class D felony, which he pleaded not guilty to last May.
The aggravated misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of jail time of not more than two years and / or a fine of not more than $ 6,250, and a minimum penalty of a $ 625 fine along with a suspended jail sentence or a deferred sentence.
He will be sentenced on January 8, 2019.
Soules was arrested on April 24, 2017, after police reported that he fled the scene of the car accident before the agents arrived. The Iowa State Patrol accident report states that he was driving a Chevy truck when he stopped a truck with a John Deere trailer. The person driving the trailer of the tractor, which was later identified as farmer Kenneth Mosher, 66, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he died.
His representative issued a statement to ET after his release from jail, noting that the star of reality was "devastated" after the fatal accident.
"Chris Soules was involved in an accident on Monday night, April 24, in a rural area of Iowa near his home," the statement said. "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."
Last September, Soules filed a motion to dismiss all charges in his case of attack and execution of serious crimes. In court documents obtained by ET, one of her lawyers, Gina Messamer, argued that while Soules had to return to the scene of the accident by law, he did everything he could before leaving the scene.
"Mr. Soules fully satisfied the purposes of the statute by calling 911, giving his name to dispatch, administering RCP to Mr. Mosher and remaining on the scene until emergency services arrived," said Messamer in the motion. Soules was shaken after In the accident, he did everything possible to resuscitate Mr. Mosher, Mr. Soules interacted with several other respondents whom he recognized from his small community and at no time tried to obfuscate his identity.
However, in early January, a judge rejected Soules' motion to dismiss the case against him.
For more information about the fatal car accident, see the video below:
Chris Soules returns to Instagram almost a year after the car accident
Chris Soules files a motion to dismiss all charges in case of hit and criminal execution
Chris Soules appears in court for a fatal car accident, does not say a word