INDEPENDENCE — The sentencing hearing for former reality TV star Chris Soules has been moved back.
Soules, who pleaded guilty in November to reduced charges in connection with a fatal crash that killed an Aurora farmer, now is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Buchanan County District Court in Independence. It originally was scheduled for Jan. 8.
Soules pleaded guilty to a single count of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a misdemeanor. He faces a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of up to $6,250 plus costs and surcharges. A plea agreement notes the minimum punishment could be a deferred judgment, which could remove the case from his record following successful completion of probation.
Soules, 36, originally was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a Class D felony, but he entered into plea negotiations with prosecutors and the charge was reduced.
Soules, of Arlington, is known for being the bachelor in ABC’s “The Bachelor.” After that, he appeared in “Dancing with the Stars.”
The crash happened April 24, 2017, in Buchanan County. Soules was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck south on Slater Avenue north of Aurora about 8:30 p.m. that day when he rear-ended a John Deere tractor driven by Kenneth Mosher, 66. Mosher later died.
Authorities said Soules left the scene in another vehicle before deputies arrived. His defense said he called 911 and identified himself to a dispatcher before he left.