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Judge sets trial date in Astacio case

March 05, 2019 03:34 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHEC) - A judge has denied a motion to reconsider the felony case against former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio.

Astacio is facing a felony gun charge after she allegedly tried to illegally buy a gun from Dick's Sporting Goods in Henrietta back in April. She's banned from owning a gun because she's on probation for her DWI conviction.

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Astacio's attorney, Mark Foti, argues an unloaded shotgun is not a dangerous weapon, and her Second Amendment rights were violated. 

The prosecutor argues it will be up to the jury to determine that based on the facts he plans on presenting to them during the trial, which is now scheduled for April 1. 

The case was moved to Onondaga County over concerns she could not get a fair trial in Monroe County.

Astacio was officially removed from the bench in October. If convicted, the former judge could be disbarred and no longer be able to practice law. 

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