A 36-year-old Falls City man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Richardson County District Judge Daniel Bryan has sentenced Desiderio Hernandez, convicted in December by a Richardson County jury of shooting and killing 31-year-old Joseph Debella, Jr. in August of 2015.
Falls City police responded to an emergency call on August 5th of 2015. Officers found Debella in the basement of a house with a gunshot wound to the head. He was initially taken to the Falls City Hospital and then transferred to Bryan LGH in Lincoln by medical helicopter. Debella died August 13th.
Witnesses saw Hernandez leave the house. Hernandez later confessed to the shooting to both his sister and brother. Hernandez’s sister and sister-in-law drove to the house and found Debella wounded.
Hernandez was arrested after a prolonged police standoff in Horton, Kansas.