INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — UPDATE: Former bachelor TV star Chris Soules will have to wait longer to find out what’s next for him.
His sentencing was delayed again today. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor in Iowa. Soules was driving his pickup truck when it hit a tractor, in April of 2017.
Farmer Kenny Mosher died in the crash. Chris Soules called 911 and performed CPR, but he left the scene before law enforcement arrived.
You may be wondering why Soules’ sentencing was delayed. First, we knew Soules’ attorneys asked the family impact statements not be allowed or read in court. Today, Judge Andrea Dryer said those impact statements and the death of Kenny Mosher will not be a factor in the sentencing.
She says that’s because Soules’ guilty plea is not about Mosher’s death, it’s about what Soules did after the crash. After today’s hearing, reporters spoke with Soules’ Attorney, Alfredo Parrish, about how Soules is feeling.
Parrish says, “It’s pretty stressful for him; he knows the Moshers; he knows the gentleman who died. He’s been pretty stressed out by the whole thing, and he was clearly stressed out. We spent a lot of time talking with him the last few days. This hearing is a big deal.”
Both the prosecution and defense asked for a new pre-sentencing investigative report after the decision to not read victim impact statements was made.
The judge agreed since both sides requested it. The courtroom was packed today; people were standing in the back. Friends and family of both Soules and Mosher were there.
Parrish told reporters he believes the new pre-sentencing report will be completed by the end of the summer.