LIMA — A Lima man who gained notoriety when his homemade pies were featured on the “Shark Tank” television program was released from prison Wednesday after serving more than half of a four-year sentence.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed granted a motion for judicial release as requested by Calvin Goode, who had been incarcerated since January 2018 on robbery, drug and weapons charges.
Goode, 57, had been marketing his California Goode Sweet Potato Pies through“Shark Tank” at the time of his arrest. He told Reed on Wednesday that the pie-making business has continued during his imprisonment, thanks to his daughter, and that he would return to making his sweet confections upon his release. The pies, made from a recipe Goode learned from his grandmother, were available for a time at select stores in Lima and Wapakoneta.
Goode, who 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, apologized “to the community of Lima, Ohio and to my family” during his sentencing hearing more than two years ago. On Wednesday the Lima man thanked Reed for the opportunity to appear before him.
“Thank God for allowing me to be here today. I want to apologize against to the community and to the court,” Goode said.
Appearing worn and sporting grayer hair than before he headed off to prison, Goode said the death of his father and other family members while he was behind bars had affected him tremendously.
“I’m a totally different guy than I was before. I’ve changed a lot. I just want to get out (of prison) and do the right thing,” Goode told the judge.
Reed released Goode from prison but required him to serve three years of parole supervision. He must also complete the county’s Re-entry Court as a condition of his early release.