UPDATE: Pomrenke "disappointed" but respects Supreme Court decision to remove him

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Kurt Pomrenke has made his first public remarks since the Virginia Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday morning that ends his tenure as a juvenile and domestic relations judge.

The statement provided to News 5 by the Lichtenstein Law Group of Roanoke, who represents Pomrenke, said: "Judge Pomrenke is disappointed but respects the action of the Supreme Court of Virginia announced today. He will assess his position, but his focus now is on the needs of his family. He is, and always will be, deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in the 28th Judicial District."

Pomrenke faces possible jail time when he is sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon after being convicted earlier this year of contempt of court.

Prosecutors said Pomrenke tried to use his position to influence two potential witnesses in his wife Stacey's corruption trial last summer. Stacey Pomrenke was convicted on several counts for her role in the Bristol Virginia Utilities financial scandal and is currently serving a prison sentence at a facility in West Virginia.