Former “Bachelor” Chris Soules will pay out millions to the family of a Vietnam veteran Kenneth Mosher, who died during a fatal hit-and-run caused by the reality star.
The 37-year-old and his parents will pay the $2.5 million as part of a settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family the late farmer earlier this year, We Are Iowa reports.
The 66-year-old died in April 2017 after Soules hit his tractor on a rural road. The reality star attempted CPR and contacted authorities but fled the scene.
He was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a felony, but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in November.
Soules was expected to receive his sentencing on May 21, but it was delayed due to issues with the presentence investigation.
However, the outcome of a January 2019 settlement with the Mosher family was released. It stated:
For the total consideration of $2,500,000.00, Nancy Mosher, Matthew Mosher, Michael Mosher, and the Estate of Kenneth Mosher (“claimaints”) hereby release and forever discharge Christopher Soules, Gary Soules, Linda Soules … from any and all liability whatsoever … arising out of an automobile accident that occurred on April 24, 2017.
The settlement and release agreement also read:
…it is understood that claimants alleged a claim for damages in excess of the amounts paid or to be paid and the released parties dispute the extend of damages. however, this Release is executed as a compromise settlement of a disputed claim, liability for which is expressly denied by the parties released and the payment of the above sum does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of any person or entity.
Soules and his family declined to comment on the settlement in court on Tuesday, Des Moines Registrar reports.
The reality star can face a maximum sentence of two years behind bars. As of now, it’s unclear when he’ll receive his sentence.