Deputies: Astacio tried to purchase shotgun, prompting investigation

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Henrietta, N.Y. - Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say they conducted an investigation after receiving a third party report about a person thought to be Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio trying to purchase a shotgun.

Deputies say they were called to Dick's Sporting Goods in Henrietta Monday after receiving the report. They say store employees decided not to sell the gun to Astacio based on the store's policies.

Sources tell 13WHAM the same instance occurred at the Dick's Sporting Goods location in the town of Greece.

Astacio is currently on probation, but it is not clear if that probation stipulates she cannot own a gun.

Dick's Sporting Goods did not immediately return our request for comment on Tuesday.

"Her potential exposure is both on a state level and a federal level," said Defense Attorney Vince Merrante said.

Merrante says the allegations could mean trouble for Astacio if her probation terms don't allow her to purchase a firearm. He also told 13WHAM that everyone must fill out a form before buying a legal gun.

"If there are any misrepresentations on that form, she could be prosecuted on a federal level," Merrante added.

Deputies say they investigated the matter and relayed their findings to the Monroe County Probation Office. We're told the matter will go before a sentencing Judge at an undisclosed time.

"I have taken appropriate steps in my purview to address potential safety concerns, and if there are any alleged violations that make their way to the court system, they will be addressed in the normal course," said Astacio's boss, Administrative Judge Craig Doran in a statement.

Judge Leticia Astacio was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

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