'Kai the Hitchhiker' gets 57 years for killing New Jersey attorney

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A man who gained internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has been sentenced to 57 years in prison for the beating death of a New Jersey attorney.

Kai, whose real name is Caleb McGillvary, will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence under terms imposed Thursday.

McGillvary, a native of Alberta, Canada, was convicted last month of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy at Galfy's home in Clark in 2013.

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Authorities said the two met in New York and the defendant stayed at Galfy's home. McGillvary alleged that he acted in self-defense following an attempted sexual assault, but prosecutors said his statements were inconsistent and also cited the victim's extensive injuries.

McGillvary gained online fame after describing using a hatchet to intervene in a 2012 assault on a California utility worker. The interview went viral and has garnered over 7 million views on YouTube.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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