Former bachelor Chris Soules and his parents have been ordered to pay $ 2.5 million to the family of a 66-year-old man who was killed when the reality star in 2017 ended his tractor in Iowa at the end of the ride .
Boer Soules, 37, who appeared on ABC & # 39; s The Bachelor in 2015, pleaded guilty for fleeing the scene of an accident that killed Kenny Mosher. The conviction in the case was postponed Tuesday by a Buchanan County judge.
In January, the Mosher family searched for a $ 2.5 million settlement in an unlawful death case they had filed against Soules and his parents, Gary and Linda. It was approved by a judge, weareiowa.com reports.
The January 2019 settlement agreement provides: & # 39; For the total fee of $ 2,500,000.00, Nancy Mosher, Matthew Mosher, Michael Mosher and the Domain of Kenneth Mosher (& # 39; claimaints & # 39;) will hereby attach Christopher Soules, Gary Soules, Linda Soules, and granting discharge forever … of any liability … arising from a car accident that occurred on April 24, 2017. & # 39;
Former bachelor Chris Soules (pictured at a court hearing on Tuesday) and his parents have been instructed to pay $ 2.5 million to the family of Kenny Mosher, killed when the reality star ended his tractor at the end of his tractor in Iowa in 2017
Iowa farmer Chris Soules, 37 (left), who appeared on ABC's The Bachelor in 2015, pleaded guilty to settle the charges against him in connection with a fatal crash of April 24, 2017 affecting the lives of 66 -year-old Kenneth Mosher lasted (right)
Reality star Soules, insured by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, called 911 and waited for first aid workers, but he left before the police arrived on April 24, 2017.
He was initially accused of class D felony to leave the scene of an accident involving death – which Soules denied.
But when the charge was lowered to the aggravated offense to leave the scene of an injury accident, he pleaded guilty.
Soules & # 39; attorney noted that witnesses at the scene of the accident said: & # 39; There was no indication whatsoever that Mr Soules had an impairment. & # 39;
He is now in jail for up to two years after Judge Andrea Dryer has received a request from both parties to postpone the conviction on Tuesday.
Soule's lawyers said the Presentencing report should not have included statements from Mosher & # 39; s family members. This led to both the prosecution and the defense to request a new pre-hearing.
Mosher, who owned an estate worth more than $ 3 million, had driven a John Deere tractor on the night of April 24, 2017, which Soules admitted had crashed from behind.
Soules reported the accident to 911, identified himself, waited for paramedics and delivered CPR himself, but he left the scene in a separate vehicle before the police arrived and left for his home in Arlington, Iowa – which is against Iowa law.
Reality TV star Chris Soules arrives in court on Tuesday for his conviction, which was postponed by Judge Andrea Dryer after a request from both sides
Soules, who during his 2015 appearance on & # 39; The Bachelor & # 39; became known as & # 39; Prince Farming & # 39 ;, also appeared on & # 39; The Bachelorette & # 39; and & # 39; Dancing With The Stars & # 39;
The law in question states in part: "a surviving driver must immediately report the accident to law enforcement authorities and must immediately return to the scene of the accident or inform the law enforcement authorities where the surviving driver can be located".
Most states consider it a crime to leave the scene of an accident in which someone is injured or died, but the law of Iowa differs in that it is interpreted to require the surviving driver to be present when lawyers come .
& # 39; No other state has a similar requirement, & # 39; said the lawyers of Soules in earlier court documents.
Prosecutors state that the purpose of the law is to prevent drivers from evading liability for reckless driving, drunk driving, or driving with a suspended or withdrawn driver's license.
The lawyer of Soules, Brandon Brown, noted in a statement that Soules & # 39; guilty plea that the Mosher tractor was running was not lit on the & # 39; dark, dark night & of his death.
& Although the law of Iowa requires slow-moving tractors to display flashing orange lights, neither Mr. Neither Soules nor the independent witness of the accident lights on the tractor, & # 39; said Brown.
& # 39; Based on witness statements, the tractor could only have driven 6 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Mr. Soules was driving under the speed limit at the time of the collision.
& # 39; At these speeds, law enforcement and collision experts concluded that Mr. Soules responded reasonably given the closing speed and the known reaction time for seeing the slow-moving tractor. Mr. Soules was in an inevitable accident. & # 39;
Brown said that Soules was the only person on the scene who delivered CPR to Mosher until the ambulance arrived, and only stopped & as soon as the compressions caused blood to come from Mr. Mosher's mouth.
Brown explained in detail how Soules talked to several people on stage before they left, before the police arrived.
& # 39; All witnesses agreed that there was no indication that Mr Soules had a limitation, & # 39; said Brown.
& # 39; No one, even the people who are near Mr. Soules were kneeling while administering CPR, smoked alcohol or believed Mr. Soules had been drinking. & # 39;
Soules, who became famous as the star of the nineteenth season of The Bachelor, largely disappeared from the public eye and social media after the incident, re-emerged with a message to his Instagram story in March, and not with a real photo of himself until July 4 (photo)
Chris introduced Whitney Bischoff, a relationship that ended shortly after the final was broadcast
He was subsequently arrested at his house for escaping the scene of an accident.
The reality star initially did not answer his door before a warrant was served to him, the police said.
Soules, who became famous as the star of the nineteenth season of The Bachelor, in which he introduced Whitney Bischoff, a relationship that ended shortly after the final was broadcast.
After the incident he had largely disappeared from the public eye and social media, and first came back with a message on his Instagram story in March, and not with a real photo of himself until July 4.
& # 39; Happy Independence Day! & # 39; Soules wrote in the national holiday and added the hashtag & # 39; # america & # 39; to.
He was the last to share a photo of himself on the platform on April 20, 2017, a few days before the crash that claimed Mosher's life.
Soules pleaded earlier guilty of drunken driving in 2005 and was sentenced to one year of probation and a 60-day suspended sentence. In 2001, at the age of 19, he pleaded twice guilty of alcohol use by minors and was also fined for having an open container in a car.
Soules, who during his 2015 performance at & # 39; The Bachelor & # 39; became known as & # 39; Prince Farming & # 39 ;, also appeared on & # 39; The Bachelorette & # 39; and & # 39; Dancing With The Stars & # 39 ;.
TEEN DRINKS, SPEEDS, DUI: THE RAPBOARD OF SOULS WAS OPENED
Soules & # 39; criminal record has more than a dozen beliefs from the time he was 16 years old
Chris Soules, the boisterous American farmer from Iowa who enchanted TV viewers on The Bachelor, had spent his late teens and years & # 39; 20 in courtrooms with more than a dozen indictments, most of which related to traffic violations and alcohol use .
Records available on Iowa Courts & website detail Soules & # 39; extensive history of run-ins with the law, dating back to 1998 and containing 13 guilty pleas on a lot of points, ranging from registration changes to underage alcohol use and fighting.
In 1998, Soules, then sixteen years old, was sentenced for the first time to braking six to ten miles over a speed limit of 55 mph and was fined.
In 2001, Soules was found guilty of alcohol consumption by minors and failure to control a vehicle in two separate incidents. In both cases, the star of future reality received fines.
In May and August of that year, Soules was convicted twice for possession of alcohol under the age of. In the last incident he was also found guilty of driving with an open container with alcohol, a stop sign and speeding. Those cases also resulted in fines.
In February 2002, Soules was convicted for the fight and in March he was again in court on order to leave the scene of an accident, which was later reduced to a count of defective brakes.
Soules remained out of trouble for four years until he was sentenced in 2006 for his most serious indictment – driving under the influence – and was fined more than $ 500. His conviction also included a probationary year.
In 2007, Soules was found guilty of speeding, and the same charges brought him to court again in 2009.
Soules & # 39; last brush with the law before Monday's arrest took place in 2010, when he was convicted and fined for a violation.