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Viral video star ‘Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker’ sentenced to 57 years behind bars for brutal murder of elderly lawyer

A New Jersey judge imposed a sentence of 57 years behind bars for a man who gained widespread attention for his appearance in a viral video clip several years ago.

Since then, 30-year-old Caleb “Kai” McGillvary has been accused of the 2013 attack that left at 73-year-old attorney dead.

According to the Associated Press, McGillvary allegedly stayed at the victim’s home leading up to his death. Joseph Galfy was found fatally beaten and largely undressed in his bedroom.

McGillvary is accused of attempting to drug and sexually assault the victim prior to the deadly attack, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

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The suspect was arrested at a bus station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, days after the homicide.

Police believe Galfy met his killer in New York a matter of months after McGillvary scored instant internet fame as he described in a television news interview his supposed encounter with a man who hit a California utility worker with his car. The now-convicted killer, who became known as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker,” said at the time he used his weapon to beat the suspect before stopping a separate attack on two women.

His decades-long prison sentence comes with the stipulation that he must serve at least 85 percent of the term before he could be eligible for parole, according to Union County State Superior Court records.

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[Featured image: AP Photo/Star Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool]