Woman believed to be Leticia Astacio tried to buy a gun on Monday

April 04, 2018 11:14 AM

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio attracted new attention from law enforcement, and a new investigation, when she tried to buy a gun, Monroe County investigators said.

The allegations came just as Astacio, still off the bench and on probation for a drunk driving conviction, talked on Facebook about receiving threats and announced she was willing to confront anyone who approached her home.


“If you come to my house, you’re going to get what you’re looking for,” she declared in a Facebook Live exchange with friends. “And I don’t think you’re looking for what you think you’re looking for. You’ve got to be messed up if you think you can come over.”

Meanwhile, Monroe County deputies said a person believed to be Astacio tried to buy a shotgun on Thursday at the Dicks Sporting Goods store in Henrietta.   According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, “Store personnel made the decision not to sell the gun to Ms. Astacio based on store policy.”

The sheriff’s office reported that deputies investigated the reports, spoke with Dick’s employees, and then “relayed all information to the Monroe County Probation Office for any potential follow up.”

Astacio remained on probation for violating the terms of her conditional release following a 2016 drunk driving conviction.  She was jailed in the summer of 2017 for violating her probation and remained suspended from hearing cases but she kept her job and continued receiving her $175,500 a year salary as the Judicial Conduct Commission considered her status, a process that continues. 

Astacio attracted new attention with the news that she had received a raise to $187,200 effective April 1, a raise that went out to all city court judges. It was attention she told her Facebook followers, she didn’t want. 

“I’m constantly in the news,” she said.  “And it’s really frustrating and discouraging because it doesn't’ seem like it matters what I do or don’t do.”

Astacio alluded to the new salary dustup in her Facebook Live speech, in which she complained law enforcement doesn't do enough to protect her, even as she claimed she’d received threats.

“And I end up getting into an altercation or having somebody try to attack me, when they’re not protecting the judge,” she said.  “That will be very interesting.  Y’all think y’all mad about your tax dollars paying me now?  Okay.”


Charles Molineaux

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