Chris Soules, 37, was The Bachelor in the long-running eyeroll-fest’s 19th season. You would think that would lead to a peaceful life sans the gal he chose (his engagement to winner Whitney Bischoff only lasted six months), with maybe an endorsement deal for a local lawnmower shop and a brief appearance in a The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? special somewhere down the road. Unfortunately for Chris (more so for the deceased), shit didn’t turn out that way. People reports that he was just given a two-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a car accident where someone was killed. An accident that HE caused. There goes the lawnmower deal.
Around 8:20 on the night of April, 25 2017, Chris was out driving in Buchanan County, Iowa when he plowed into the back of a John Deere tractor-trailer. The collision sent the driver, 66-year-old war veteran Kenneth Mosher, and his vehicle into a ditch. Sadly, Mosher later died of his injuries at the hospital.
Chris made the colossally bad mistake of fleeing the scene. He was identified by a witness and his vehicle was later traced to a home that he was hiding out at. Chris continued to make bad choices when he refused to leave the home until police obtained a search warrant
In November of last year, Chris Soules entered a “conditional guilty plea” to the charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.”
“By way of factual basis, I hereby state that on or about April 24, 2017 in Buchanan County, Iowa, I was driving a vehicle that was involved in an accident resulting in serious injury to another person. I knew the accident occurred and knew it resulted in an injury to another person,” wrote Soules. “Though I immediately stopped, called 911 and identified myself, and rendered reasonable aid to the injured person — including requesting an ambulance and administering CPR while the ambulance was en route — I acknowledge I did not provide the registration number of the vehicle I was driving to 911 dispatch or law enforcement as required by Iowa Code 321.263.”
His punishment? Two years probation, a fine of $625, a 35% surcharge, and court costs. (This is in addition to the $2.5 million he was ordered to pay Mosher’s family as the result of a civil suit they brought against him back in May. That’s a lot of lawnmower shop endorsement deals.)
His lawyers tried to get the charges dismissed in January of 2018, “Prince Farming” was told to fuck off with that, and the Iowa Supreme Court later nixed an appeal to that decision.
Maybe now is the time for Chris to drop the Old MacDonald schtick and perhaps seek out a fresh start in a place where people don’t know him as a cowardly lion. How far is Des Moines from Buchanan County?