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American Bachelor star pleads guilty to leaving scene of fatal crash with tractor

A farmer who appeared on the US version of The Bachelor has pleaded guilty in a fatal crash last year near his home in northern Iowa.

In an agreement with prosecutors announced today, 36-year-old Chris Soules pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. The misdemeanour charge carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

Soules' attorney says he could also get a deferred judgment and no jail time when he's sentenced in January.

Soules had been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a felony that carries up to five years behind bars.

He was arrested after he rear-ended a tractor in April 2017, killing 66-year-old Kenny Mosher. Soules called 911 and waited for first responders, but left before police arrived.

Soules appeared on The Bachelor and Dancing With The Stars in 2015.

A publicity still for The Bachelor shows Chris Soules in 2015. A mugshot from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office was taken in 2017. Source: ABC television/Buchanan County Sheriff's Office