- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 32-year-old man of first-degree murder in the death of his cousin in Falls City in southeast Nebraska.

The Nebraska attorney general’s office says the Richardson County jury on Friday found Desiderio Hernandez guilty of killing his cousin, Joseph A. Debella Jr. Hernandez also was found guilty of use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Debella was found on Aug. 5, 2015, in the basement of a home. He had been shot in the head and died from the wound Aug. 13 at a Lincoln hospital.

Hernandez was arrested after a nearly seven-hour standoff at a home in Kansas.

He will be sentenced Jan. 31.


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