Terrorism claims against Amalia compound suspects will stay on record

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A judge ruled terrorism allegations against the Amalia compound suspects will stay in court documents. 

The five defendants were arrested last August when deputies found them living on a Taos County property with 11 malnourished kids and the buried body of a 3-year-old. 

Investigators say they found high-powered weapons and ammunition, and court documents claim the adults were training the kids to carry out violent attacks on government institutions. 

However, that’s not what the suspects are charged with, so their attorneys pushed to have any mention of terrorism thrown out. But the state argued the claims show evidence of a larger conspiracy and it’s likely they will file terrorism charges as the investigation progresses. 

The judge agreed, meaning the terrorism claims will stay on record. Right now, the five are facing federal charges related to firearms possession. 

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