Judge Leticia Astacio responds to media after being released from jail
Judge Leticia Astacio was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, a class E felony, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
She was arrested at her home in Rochester and arraigned before Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher on Tuesday afternoon at the Monroe County Hall of Justice. Astacio was released on her own recognizance.
The arrest stems from an incident at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Henrietta on April 2. She is scheduled to appear in Henrietta Town Court at 5 p.m. May 3.
Astacio allegedly tried to purchase a shotgun at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Henrietta last
Deputies responded to the store at 305 Miracle Mile Drive at The Marketplace Mall for the “third-party report of a person believed to be Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio” as she was trying to buy a shotgun.
“Store personnel made the decision not to sell the gun to Ms. Astacio based on store policy,” the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release last week. Deputies didn’t reveal what in store policy led to this decision to turn away Astacio.
Dick’s company policy states that employees reserve the right to refuse to sell a gun to anyone. If a denial is issued, that extends to all Dick’s stores.
Deputies interviewed store employees during a brief investigation, documented the incident, and relayed all information to the Monroe County Probation Office for any potential follow-up.
The terms of Astacio’s probation prohibit her “possessing a firearm, dangerous weapon, or noxious substance.”
In a pair of Facebook videos posted on April 2, Astacio said, “I am so tired of being the focal point of the Rochester media like there’s nothing else for them to talk about. That’s insane.”
Astacio has since deactivated her Facebook account.
Astacio remains on probation for a drunken driving conviction and has not been hearing cases since her February 2016 arrest.
The state Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body charged with investigating and potentially disciplining judges accused of misconduct, is scrutinizing her conviction and other actions by Astacio, including violations of her original post-conviction guidelines.
She was elected to a 10-year term that runs through 2024.
No legal restriction prevents someone on probation from owning a gun in New York state, according to the Giffords Law Center, a legal nonprofit specializing in firearms legislation and reform. But the terms and conditions of a specific probation agreement could dictate whether someone on probation can or cannot own a gun.
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