HONESDALE – On Thursday a jury found Benjamin C. Kiefer guilty of 3rd Degree Murder in the death of his brother last year.

HONESDALE – On Thursday a jury found Benjamin C. Kiefer guilty of 3rd Degree Murder in the death of his brother last year.

Kiefer, 32, of Texas Township was on trial this week in Wayne County Court for murdering his brother, Kenneth Walter Kiefer, 34, at a residence at 170 Bucks Cove Road last year.

Kenneth Kiefer died from seven gunshot wounds from a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

During the trial Benjamin said he shot his brother in self-defense, saying that Kenneth was "going on like a lunatic about a girl" and and the defendant feared "great bodily harm or death.”

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Sharon Palmer, who was the lead investigator in the case, said that Benjamin provided inconsistent information regarding the events of the night of the shooting.

District Attorney Janine Edwards said there was no evidence of self defense other than the defendant's testimony.

She also said a third brother, Kevin Kiefer, and Benjamin's girlfriend, Relissa Gibson, provided testimony that contradicted that of Benjamin's.

Edwards also explained Benjamin told a trooper he shot his brother because he “couldn't take it anymore.”

"That is not self defense," Edwards said, noting that the victim was shot seven times, not once.

After several hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury found Benjamin guilty of 3rd Degree Murder.

“You worked very hard,” Judge Raymond Hamill told the jury. “You were diligent and fair and very attentive in this case. It's not an easy thing to be asked to do, but it's extremely important.”

Hamill dismissed the jury and addressed the defendant. He said the Wayne County Probation Department will conduct a pre-sentencing investigative report and Benjamin will be under their watch until he is sentenced.

“As a District Attorney I'm extremely pleased the jury gave four days to an extremely difficult, lengthy and detailed case,” Edwards said after the verdict was given. “The verdict represents everything the defendant did.

“He murdered his brother Kenneth, plain and simple. I want to thank the jurors for their service.”

Benjamin Kiefer will be sentenced on Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in court room number two.