Falls City Man Accused by NSP of Helping Convicted Murderer Flee Town after Killing

Falls City Man Accused by NSP of Helping Convicted Murderer Flee Town after Killing
Michael Seager, pictured here from a mugshot from an unrelated incident in 2016. Seager was arrested on Friday for being an accessory to a 1st degree murder.

FALLS CITY, Neb. – A Falls City man was arrested on Friday after the Nebraska State Patrol issued an arrest warrant for being an accessory to a murder that occurred over two years ago.

The warrant by NSP says 33-year-old Michael Seager helped convicted murderer, 36-year-old Desiderio Hernandez, skip town after shooting Joseph Debella Jr. in Falls City.

According to court records, on August 5th, 2015, Hernandez came to Seager’s residence in the late-morning after shooting Debella earlier that morning.

The documents say that Seager, who spoke to the Nebraska State Patrol six days after the murder, said that Hernandez told Seager while inside Seager’s home that “bad stuff happened” and at one point, Hernandez pointed at his own forehead and said “it was right there.”

The arrest warrant states that Seager called an acquaintance in Horton Kan, seeking the phone number of one Hernandez’s cousin’s that also lives in Horton. The records say, the person told investigators that Seager said Hernandez was “in a bind”and that he was “hemmed up” and needed to leave Falls City.

The warrant says Seager and Hernandez left for Horton on the evening of August 5th.

Hernandez was arrested in the early morning hours on August 6th at his cousin’s residence in Horton.

He was sentenced to life in prison in January for the first-degree murder of Debella, his 31-year-old cousin.

If convicted of accessory to first-degree murder, Seager could spend a maximum of four years in prison.

Desiderio C. Hernandez at his sentencing for the murder of Joseph Debella Jr.