Good Times owner Derek Spilman being detained by Burlington Police
Good Times Gallery owner Derek Spilman pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and gun charges stemming from a January drug bust at his former Church Street shop in exchange for a prison sentence of up to three years.
As part of his plea agreement, Spilman would also forfeit $50,000 in proceeds from the under-the-table marijuana business he ran from his head shop across Church Street from Burlington City Hall.
U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss said she would decide whether to accept the agreement at a December sentencing hearing.
Spilman's nephew, Derek Aviles, testified in February on behalf of his uncle that Aviles committed the vandalism. He even displayed the jacket worn at the time. But surveillance video appeared to show that Spilman was the one who did it, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Spilman also pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct the earlier judicial hearing — a charge that carried a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The feds have subsequently cracked down on another Burlington business for selling weed. Ridin' High owners John Van Hazinga and Samantha Steady were indicted last week on charges that they grew marijuana at their home and sold it from their skate shop across the street from Battery Park.