& # 39; Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker & # 39; receives 57 years in prison for murdering a New Jersey lawyer
Caleb McGillvary, 30, (photo) was sentenced to 57 years in prison for the murder of Joseph Galfy, 73, in his New Jersey home in 2013
A man known as & # 39; Kai the hitch-closing hitchhiker & # 39; who made a viral fame in 2013 for an interview in 2013, was sentenced to 58 years in prison for defeating a New Jersey lawyer.
Caleb McGillvary, 30, was convicted of the murder of Joseph Galfy in 2013 at the Galfy House in Clark, New Jersey.
He will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence according to the conditions imposed by the State Superior Court in Union County.
He was found guilty by a jury after a three-week trial last April.
McGillvary shouted and argued with the prosecutor Robert Kirsch, judge and prosecutor.
He took out of the jury box at least half a dozen times while chained and said, "Are you kidding?" As Kirsch praised the legal work on the case.
Kirsch warned him several times to keep your mouth shut & # 39; NJ.com reported.
& # 39; You are cunning, cunning, insincere and manipulative & # 39 ;, Kirsch told McGillvary during the conviction on Thursday. & # 39; You are a powder keg of explosive anger. & # 39;
It was the video footage that made him a viral sensation that would eventually lead to his arrest for the murder of Galfy, 73.
McGillvary spent the night at Galfy's house when he said the older man was trying to rape him and claimed he was shrinking from self-defense.
Several months before Galfy's death, McGillvary shot to fame in February 2013 for an insanely explosive-filled interview with a television reporter in Fresno, California.
McGillvary met Joseph Galfy (photo) in Times Square in Manhattan in May 2012 and the two men drank beer together before Galfy invited the younger man to spend the night in the guest room of his home in Clark, New Jersey
McGillvary shouted during the verdict and said, "Are you kidding?" While Robert Kirsch, the prosecutor, complimented the legal work. He is portrayed in a mug shot after being charged with murder in 2013
Identifying himself as & # 39; Kai & # 39; and claims to be from West Virginia, McGillvary, then 24, told the KPMH TV reporter how he had knocked off a man he had made a lift with after the man reportedly attempted to kill pedestrians at a rampage.
& # 39; He runs upstairs and grabs one of them, man. Like a guy so big that she can tie a woman's neck like a pencil! So I f ** the king ran after him with an ax. Smash! Smash! Smash! & # 39; he said in the interview, demonstrating his technique.
& # 39; It was f ** king, gnarled man. It was like the biggest wave I have ever driven, & he continued.
On May 12, 2013, McGillvary met Galfy on Times Square in Manhattan, and the two men drank beer together before Galfy invited the younger man to spend the night in the spare room of his home in Clark, New Jersey.
The death of Galfy took place on the second night McGillvary stayed with him.
McGillvary explained his version of the story in Facebook messages. He claims that Galfy has drugged his beer and that he has fainted.
He testified that when he awoke on May 12, he had body fluids on his face that he thought salty NJ.com.
McGillvary claims that he woke up on the floor to find a naked Galfy on top of him and rap him, and that he fought Galfy and fled the scene.
McGillvary became famous for a manic, expletively-filled interview (above) with a television reporter in Fresno, California in February 2013
McGillvary rose to fame after the interview was viral, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (above) later in February 2013. This footage would later lead to his arrest
He was arrested in Philadelphia on May 16 and has since been awaiting trial in Union County jail.
McGillvary has said that he did not know at all that Galfy had died in the battle and that his memories of the events were blurred because of his drugged state.
The police found Galfy dead in his home on May 13, 2013, and an investigation of his phone messages led investigators to suspect McGillvary.
On May 17, a Starbucks barista in Philadelphia acknowledged McGillvary of reports that he was being searched by the police and called 911, which led to his arrest. He was accused of beating him to death.
John Cito, lawyer at McGillvary, raised his client as a young man with a & # 39; home-free lifestyle & # 39; who was always looking for the best in people, NJ.com reported.
Cito argued that the police had failed to properly investigate the murder and did not seek evidence that the assault had been proven.
McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia on May 16 and has since been awaiting trial in Union County jail. He claimed that he acted in self-defense after waking up to find Galfy on top of him
John Cito, McGillvary's lawyer, cast his client out as a young man with a & # 39; home-free lifestyle & # 39; who was always looking for the best in people
Assistant prosecutors Jillian Reyes and Scott Peterson said that Galfy & # 39; s cruel injuries showed that this & # 39; is so far from self-defense that it is not even funny & # 39 ;.
The video from 2013 shot McGillvary to the fame of the internet and he roamed the country capitalizing his celebrity before he landed in New York City and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
& # 39; I have met many nice people who have contacted via the internet, usually contact me via Facebook, there are around 10,000 messages in my inbox from people all over the country, & # 39; he said Vice in May 2013.
& # 39; I play drums and guitar. I go to the beach and surf. I skateboard from hills into the landscape and walk around in the forest and identify new plants, & he explained.
McGillvary is now facing prison life and will be sentenced on June 13 after being convicted
After his arrest, it appeared that McGillvary was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, and that he had family there who were concerned for him, contrary to his claims.
& # 39; Caleb is important to me. I'm not going to abandon him. I am his father and I want to stay with him, & his father Gil McGillivary told the AP from his home in Hawkesbury, Ontario shortly after the arrest.
They claimed their son struggled with behavioral problems all his life and was included in an interview in 2013 for some time.
& # 39; Caleb had a really tough life, & # 39; his father Gil McGillivary of Hawkesbury, Ontario recently told New Star Ledger from Jersey.
McGillivary, a former probation officer, says that Caleb was born and raised in Canada before he left for the US on his own, apparently illegally.
& # 39; He was in a home until he turned 18, and then they cut him loose and washed his hands off him, & # 39; said this father.
& # 39; Caleb made allegations that he was physically and mentally abused in one of the houses. The system lowered my son. & # 39;
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