ELIZABETH, NJ - Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, 30, was sentenced to 57 years in prison for the beating death of Clark attorney Joseph Galfy Jr. on Thursday according to a statement from acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport.

A jury convicted McGillvary of first-degree murder in April in connection with the death of Galfy.  According to UC Assistant Prosecutors Scott Peterson and Jillian Reyes, Galfy’s body was found partially clothed when Clark Police arrived at his home on Starlight Drive on Monday, May 13, 2013.  

Through an investigation, involving county and local agencies, McGillvary was found to be a suspect in the case and was arrested in Philadelphia several days after the killing.   During the trial McGillvary maintained he was a victim of date-rape and that he beat Galfy to fend off sexual attack.

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 “You are crafty, you are cunning, you are disingenuous, and you are manipulative,” Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch told McGillvary, describing numerous ways in which the defendant attempted to cover his tracks in the period following the killing, including cutting off his distinctive long hair. “And when you become eligible for parole, you will still be younger than Mr. Galfy was when you murdered him.”

According to the terms of the sentencing, McGillvary must serve at least 85 percent of his sentenced term before the possibility of parole. 

Galfy’s brother read a statement into the record during Thursday’s hearing. Peterson read additional statements submitted by two of Galfy’s nieces.   

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