The Court of Appeals announced on Wednesday that it has suspended Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio with pay pending the resolution of the felony charge against her.
Astacio was arrested at her home on Tuesday following an attempt to purchase a shotgun last week.
Astacio is charged with attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, a class E felony.
Astacio's felony arrest on Tuesday stems from an incident earlier this month during which the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says Astacio attempted to purchase a 12-gauge shotgun from the Henrietta Dick's Sporting Goods.
The terms of her probation prevent her from possessing a firearm. She's charged with Attempted Criminal Purchase of a Weapon.
Court paperwork says Astacio was denied the purchase of the gun by Dick's employees because they said she seemed, "very distraught and upset."
She was arraigned before Ontario County Court Justice William Kocher on Tuesday and released on her own recognizance.
Spectrum News spoke to a defense attorney, unassociated with Astacio's case, to learn what this could mean for her seat.
"Her biggest problem, facing a felony, is going to be whether or not she can continue to be a judge," said attorney Peter Pullano. "The constitution requires that a city court judge be a practicing attorney and be admitted for five years, and a lawyer who is convicted of a felony will be automatically disbarred."
Astacio is due back in Henrietta Town Court on May 3.