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Chris Soules seeks sentencing delay

'Bachelor' star admits lesser charge in crash

Chris Soules appears for a Nov. 27, 2017, hearing in Buchanan County District Court. The reality TV star faces sentencing after pleading last year to a charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. (Pool photo from Des Moines Register)
Chris Soules appears for a Nov. 27, 2017, hearing in Buchanan County District Court. The reality TV star faces sentencing after pleading last year to a charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. (Pool photo from Des Moines Register)

INDEPENDENCE — With about a week to go until he faced a judge, reality TV star Chris Soules asked Monday that the court delay sentencing him in a fatal hit-and-run case.

Soules, 37, of rural Arlington, had been set for a May 21 hearing in Buchanan County District Court to argue over sentencing, which could send him to prison for up to two years.

But Monday, Soules’ defense team filed a motion to continue the hearing to allow more time to respond to a pre-sentence investigation report, which is not made public by the court.

Soules in November pleaded to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Corrections officials in January issued a report that traditionally includes sentencing recommendations.

Soules’ attorneys filed a sealed response to the report May 1, but prosecutors haven’t filed a written response yet.

Soules’ attorneys told the court that should the state file a response, the May 21 sentencing date wouldn’t allow enough time for defense lawyers or corrections officials to react to anything the state files, and wouldn’t allow the court time to consider a defense motion anyway.

The court hasn’t ruled on the motion to delay sentencing.

Authorities said Soules, known for his appearances on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars,” crashed into the back of a tractor driven by 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher of Aurora in April 2017.

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Soules called 911 and attempted CPR until medics took over, but authorities say he left the scene in another vehicle before law enforcement arrived and didn’t surrender until hours later.

Mosher died of the injuries.

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