BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - The sentencing hearing for Chris Soules has been moved again, this time until late May, a new court filing said on Tuesday.
District Court Judge Andrea J. Dryer ordered the hearing, previously scheduled for February 12, delayed until May 21. This was due to a member of the Mosher family, who was a court-registered victim in the case, being unable to attend the February date.
The case would not be able to be heard by the assigned judge until May due to her schedule. Given the length of time since the plea agreement was entered, the court expects no further delays barring an extraordinary circumstance.
This is the second delay in sentencing for this case. The first was granted after the defense asked for a continuance, citing work on other trials and scheduling conflicts.
Soules plead guilty in November 2018 to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, related to an accident he was involved in on April 24, 2017.
The plea Soules made on November 13, 2018, is a reduction in the original charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, a class D felony, that he faced.
If the plea agreement is accepted by the judge, the charge could be a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison and/or a fine between $625 to $6,250. Soules is also allowed to request a deferred judgment or suspended sentence.