Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio said she did not try to buy a gun at Dick's Sporting Goods Store in Henrietta. Astacio said the staff at Dick’s mistook her sister for her and refused to sell her the gun. Dick’s contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office which filed a report with Monroe County Probation. Astacio is on probation in connection to her DWI conviction in August 2016.
Judge Astacio said in a Facebook live broadcast that she is afraid of guns and says she has lost family members to gun violence but she said “it would make sense for me to purchase a gun because these psychopaths threaten me regularly.” Astacio said, “I get death threats daily."
Judge Astacio was elected in 2012. Her term expires in 2024. She has been barred from hearing cases since she violated the terms of her DWI conviction. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the only entity in the state that can punish and remove an elected judge, is investigating Judge Astacio.