LIMA — A Lima man’s pie-making business suffered a potential setback Monday when its owner-operator was sentenced to prison for four years on an assortment of criminal charges.
Calvin Goode, 54, who has been marketing California Goode Sweet Potato Pies through an affiliation with the “Shark Tank” television program, was sentenced in Allen County Common Pleas Court on charges of robbery, having a weapon while under disability and possession of marijuana, all third-degree felonies.
Judge Jeffrey Reed followed a plea agreement negotiated between prosecutors and Defense Attorney Greg Donohue that called for a maximum prison sentence of four years. Reed sentenced Goode to three years in prison on the possession charge and an additional 12 months for having a weapon under disability. Those sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to each other, but concurrently with a two-year sentence on the burglary charge.
In addition, Goode was ordered to forfeit to the state a firearm used in connection with the drug possession charge and $2,213 he allegedly derived from the sale of drugs. He was fined $5,000 and was ordered to serve a mandatory term of three years of post-release control after leaving prison. Reed told Goode he will be eligible to apply for judicial release after serving six months of his total sentence.
Goode has had several brushes with the law throughout his life and previously served nearly two decades in prison for selling hard drugs on the streets of Lima.
Prior to sentencing on Monday, Goode apologized “to the community of Lima, Ohio, and to my family.” He took responsibility for the majority of his actions, but continued to deny any involvement in the robbery for which he was charged. However, Goode told the judge that with a lengthy criminal history working against him, he agreed to a plea deal because he could not risk being found guilty by a jury.
Reed asked Goode about the status of his pie-making business and if it will continue while he’s in prison. Goode said his daughter, Antoinette, will keep the business going while he’s away.
The pies, made from a recipe Goode said he learned from his grandmother, were available at select stores in Lima and Wapakoneta, although they are no longer available locally pending a marketing and manufacturing agreement being facilitated by Ideal Buyers, a “Shark Tank” partner.
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