Chris Soules Facing Up to 25 Years in Prison After Fatal Car Crash
The details of that tragedy are still being disputed — the Bachelor 2015 star’s lawyers claim he didn’t flee the scene and wasn’t drinking, prosecutors say otherwise — but if he is convicted, there is serious jail time on the table.
Judging by the court filing earlier this week, Iowa investigators are trying to build a case against the Dancing With the Stars alum, proving he’s guilty of multiple charges related to the crash.
The first, which we’ve known from the beginning, is leaving the scene of a fatal traffic accident — more specifically, that after the reality star collided with 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher on his tractor, he didn’t wait around for authorities to arrive.
He’s already been charged with this offense, a Class D felony in Iowa. According to Iowa attorney Nick Sarcone, who spoke with Hollywood Life, that alone could bring Chris a sentence of up to five years in prison.
“Chris may be subjected to a Class D felony, which is the lowest class of felony in Iowa and faces up to a 5 year prison term for fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident,” he explains.
However, that’s not the 35-year-old’s only potential charge.
As noted previously, prosecutors filed docs on Monday alleging the farmer bought beer at a convenience store just over an hour before the accident.
Because of that, they could be trying to prove he was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
If they succeed in proving this, the defense attorney says the Iowa native faces up to 25 years behind bars.
“If alcohol or drugs are found in his system at the time of the accident he could be in much more trouble,” he reveals.
Unfortunately, even if his legal team is able to clear him of all of these charges, Chris is still in danger of a major civil suit.
Nick notes that the victim’s family could sue him should the criminal case not succeed.
If so, he’s facing heavy penalties and the loss of his farm, which is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint as this story continues to develop.