The Chris Soules trial is far from over but The Bachelor star is already “freaking out” about what will happen if he is found guilty for fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run and face jail time.
According to Hollywood Life, the 35-year-old former star of the reality dating show is fearful for his future due to his impending trial for a fatal Iowa hit-and-run accident he was involved in that occurred in April 2017. Citing a source from The Bachelor nation, the outlet revealed what has him awake at night following the incident.
“Chris is freaking out over his trial and can’t sleep at night,” the source revealed.
“He has no idea how a jury will react to the facts of his case. He is looking at up to five years in prison and he doesn’t think he can do that kind of time, he feels like it would ruin his life.”
Based on collective reports about the incident, the Chris Soules trial involved a Class D felony because the celebrity fled the scene after calling 911. This led to the death of the 66-year-old victim, who was later identified as tractor trailer driver Kenneth Mosher.
While Mosher was still alive when he was brought to the hospital, his injuries were too great and he eventually died.
At the time, Iowa State Patrol told E! News that Soules had been arrested for fleeing the scene. Later, his legal counsel released a statement confirming the news and expressing how he felt for what happened.
“He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers [are] with Mr. Mosher’s family.”
Chris Soules’ trial was set for April 25 where his bail was set at $10,000, per KWWL.
While he appeared in court for the hearings, the 35-year-old Iowa native remained under the radar until May 17 when he was spotted in public for the very first time since he was arrested.
His presence was made known to the public after Ashley Overton, an employee of a local auto parts shop in the area, posted a selfie with him on her Instagram.
At the time, Ashley received backlash for her post, causing her to defend the celebrity via her Facebook page where she urged haters to stop bashing Soules.
“This is a kind-hearted man — he is a farmer,” she said.
“I was able to let him know that I pray for him and that meant a lot to me because I just wanted to tell him that and I got that opportunity finally — but the thing is, that’s not gonna stop all these other people from bashing these people.”
Now that the Chris Soules trial is progressing, the middle-aged Iowa native may need a lot more of the same support he got from Ashley as he is now reportedly breaking down for fear of what jail time might do to him.
“Chris has been stressing out over the entire situation and can’t stop thinking about that terrible evening and all the things he should have done differently,” the Bachelor insider told Hollywood Life of Chris Soules’ trial fears.
“He is praying that he is not found guilty, ’cause he can’t stand the idea of being locked away from his life and family for years.”
Based on official court documents, Soules entered a “not guilty” plea on May 16 for the hit-and-run case after the court dismissed an appeal to dismiss the case, per a report from Us Weekly. His lawyers also released a statement about the case.
“His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher,” the statement reads.
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