Man sentenced in manslaughter at Morgan Lake

The Daily Times staff
Joshua Rakestraw

FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old Farmington man was sentenced today to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty in June to manslaughter and assault charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Joshua Rakestraw was arrested last year on accusations he struck two people with his truck on Oct. 28, 2014, at Morgan Lake, according to a criminal complaint.

An unidentified woman was found dead at the scene, the complaint states. Another man, also unidentified, was found alive and transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for numerous injuries, according to the affidavit.

A witness told detectives Rakestraw became upset with the victims during a drunken argument at the lake and ran them both over with his vehicle, the affidavit states.

Rakestraw fled the scene, but was arrested Nov. 3, 2014, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty on June 19 to involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Rakestraw's prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release, the release states.

The Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Division of Public Safety investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shammara Henderson prosecuted the case.