'Violence Was on Their Mind': Former FBI Agent Expects Terror Charges Against NM Compound Defendants
Former FBI special agent Chad Jenkins reacted Saturday on Fox & Friends to the re-arrests of five suspects who allegedly trained children at a New Mexico compound to be school shooters.
The defendants were initially arrested in August during a raid of the remote compound, where 11 children were found living in squalid conditions.
The children found were living in filth and were severely malnourished, and a 4-year-old child's remains were discovered on the property.
Charges were dropped by a New Mexico judge on Wednesday against three of the defendants, saying officials violated the state's "10-day rule" referring to the 10-day limit for a hearing to establish probable cause.
Jenkins blasted prosecutors at the local level on Saturday for not finding a reason to hold the five defendants in custody.
The defendants were arrested by the FBI on Friday on firearms and conspiracy charges.
"Their end goal was to conduct terrorist attacks using these children. That's what the prosecutors alleged at the local level," Jenkins said. "If that's the case, I would expect to see terrorist enhancement charges brought against these individuals at the federal level."
Jenkins said, based on his tactical experience, he believes the individuals were out to commit violent acts.
"I think the intent that they had following the strict adherent ideology would lead me to believe that violence was on their mind."
Watch the segment above.