Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Castile woman pled guilty to criminal mischief in Castile Diner fire case

posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile.

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File photo.

On July 11 the Castile woman who was accused of setting fire to the Castile Diner in February pled guilty to criminal mischief in Wyoming County Court.

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   Amy S. Goodenow

On Sept. 21 Amy S. Goodenow, no age provided, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on the conviction of criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony, as a second felony offender.

Additionally, she is required to pay $200,000 in restitution and Judge Michael Mohun referred her to Willard parole supervision.

Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse.

The conditions of her sentence were such that she waived her right to appeal and admit that she is a second felony offender.

The status is from a 2010 driving while intoxicated conviction under Leandra’s Law. The law makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger in the car. She was the first in Wyoming County to be convicted of that crime.

During the early morning hours of Feb. 15 a fire broke out at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile. Following an investigation, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set and Goodenow was the suspect.

At the time of the fire, she was the owner of the business but not the owner of the contents, building or property.

Members from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for close to five hours putting out the flames. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

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