In 2017, Chris Soules fled from the scene of an accident after he rear-ended 66-year-old grandfather and veteran, Kenneth Moser, who was driving a tractor down the side of the road.
The accident, which occurred on April 24, 2017, resulted in Moser’s death. Soules reportedly called emergency responders to the scene, telling the 911 dispatcher that he could see blood coming from Moser’s mouth, before fleeing from the scene in his vehicle.
Soules laid low for several hours at an unknown residence before he was arrested by Iowa State police at his home.
Over a year later, in November 2018, Soules eventually pled guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, after previously entering a not guilty plea in 2017. Soules’ lawyers said of the new plea:
The prosecutor has amended the charge down to a misdemeanor and Mr. Soules has entered a Conditional Guilty Plea to the misdemeanor charge. This misdemeanor charge carries a penalty ranging between a deferred judgment and no jail time up to two years’ incarceration… The basis for Mr. Soules’ guilty plea is that he failed to provide his registration information to law enforcement or 911 dispatch as required by Iowa law.
Now, the 37-year-old is expected to be formally sentenced for his misdemeanor crime soon.
On August 23, E! News reported that Soules accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence to serve two years on probation. He is also expected to pay a minimum $625 fine, 35 percent surcharge, and any other applicable court costs.
As NBC News reports. the agreement “would ‘commit him to the supervision’ of corrections officials in lieu of spending time behind bars.”
As Dearly previously reported, Soules and Moser knew each other quite well prior to the deadly accident:
“[The Moshers] know the Soules … They are both long-term farmers with their roots here in Buchanan and Fayette County so that’s what makes it even more difficult is that they are over the fence neighbors.”
It was also revealed in May that Soules and his parents agreed to pay $2.5 million as part of a settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Moshers’ family.