Ex-judge standing trial on gun charge is running for council
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A former city judge standing trial on a felony gun charge in western New York is running for city council.
Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH’-see-oh) filed paperwork Monday afternoon to run for a City Council seat in Rochester. Earlier in the day, a jury was seated for her trial on a charge of attempted criminal purchase of a firearm.
Prosecutors allege Astacio tried to buy a shotgun in violation of her probation stemming from a 2016 drunken driving conviction. Opening arguments are slated Tuesday afternoon in Syracuse.
Astacio was stripped of her judgeship last year after a series of incidents including the DWI conviction and being jailed for skipping a court appearance.