PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Commonwealth’s Attorney and the sheriff of Pulaski County are citing multiple cases of convicted felons being released early and committing new crimes as part of the reason why they’re changing political parties.

That includes a recent incident where a man convicted of shooting and killing a Wythe County deputy in 1994, was arrested in Oklahoma last weekend — less than a year after being released on parole — on a firearms charge.

On Thursday, June 16, Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith and Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Worrell announced they will no longer support or be a part of what they call the “progressive” Democratic party. Instead, these authority figures are throwing their support behind the Republicans.

You can read the full statement released by Griffith and Worrell below:

This news comes just over three months after the Democrats’ slim majority in the Virginia Senate allowed them to reject four of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s five picks for the Virginia Parole Board, including Montgomery County Sheriff Charles ‘Hank’ Partin.

Youngkin has since announced four new appointees for the Parole Board, saying, “This group of individuals will restore common sense, reform the Parole Board, and stand up for victims’ rights. In prioritizing public safety, we are ensuring that all Virginians feel safe and secure in their communities. We need to put an end to the chaos and reform the Parole Board.”