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“Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” sentenced to 57 years for NJ murder

Caleb McGillvary, known to most on the internet as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” was sentenced on to 57 years in prison for a first-degree murder conviction.

McGillvary was found guilty last month of murdering 73-year-old Joseph Galfy in May of 2013.

Five months before committing the homicide, McGillvary was hitchhiking in Fresno and became an internet sensation when he stopped the driver of a car from attacking a PG&E worker.

McGillvary eventually gave a famous interview with KMPH’s then-reporter Jessob Reisbeck:

“No matter what you’ve done, you deserve respect,” McGillvary said at the outset of his full interview with KMPH in February 2013.

The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.