Sanostee man sent to prison for manslaughter

Steve Garrison
Roderick Andrew Talk

FARMINGTON – A 43-year-old Sanostee man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to more than six years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and assault, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Roderick Talk was arrested in June 2015 on allegations he killed a 45-year-old man on May 30 near Little Water by striking the man with his 1998 Chevrolet truck. The victim is identified in a sentencing memorandum filed by Talk's defense attorney on Friday as Milford Etsitty.

Talk, Etsitty and Etsitty's nephew, Tillman Muneta, were drinking alcohol and driving on U.S. Highway 491 when Muneta and Talk got into an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

Muneta and Etsitty exited the vehicle, and Talk sped off down the highway in the truck, the affidavit states. He returned a short while later and ran down Etsitty with the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Etsitty was found dead at the scene by police, the affidavit states.

Etsitty's rib cage was crushed, and he sustained cuts to his left lung, pericardium and heart, according to a sentencing memorandum filed Feb. 18 by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Talk drove his truck into a ditch after striking Etsitty and fell asleep behind the wheel, the complaint states.

Talk was arrested June 3 on charges of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and assault with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to the manslaughter and assault charges in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Talk will serve approximately six years and eight months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, the release states.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.