ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio pleaded not guilty to a felony firearm count at her arraignment Monday.
Astacio stands accused of attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon Monday morning.
Authorities say Astacio tried to buy a shotgun at the Henrietta’s Dicks Sporting Goods store back in April.
She was on probation from a previous 2016 DWI conviction, the terms of which prohibited her from having any firearms.
Astacio pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance. Her next court appearance is scheduled for November 29.
Astacio, whose highly-publicized legal saga began two years ago, returned to work on March 1 for the first time since August. Despite not working, she received a pay raise of more than $11,000 on April 1, bringing her yearly salary to $187,200.
Her case has had many twists and turns since she was first arrested for drunk driving in 2016. She spent time in jail, was accused of violating her probation. Astacio was suspended with pay then, a decision upheld by the court of appeals following Astacio’s arrest in April on the felony gun charge. Court paperwork says Astacio was denied the purchase of the gun by Dick's employees because they said she seemed "very distraught and upset."
Astacio's comments in and outside of court, her missing court because she was overseas, and subsequent probation violations have garnered her extensive media attention throughout this legal saga.