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

The hitchhiker who became a viral sensation for his interview after saving a PG&E worker with a hatchet is headed to prison for a murder committed five months after the incident.

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.

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