Jett McBride from Netflix's The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker was found guilty of both counts of assault to his victim with a deadly weapon in Fresno, California, and sentenced to nine years in a mental health facility. He is currently being treated at Atascadero State Hospital, and there is no word on when he will be released. Follow to know more about Jett McBride with his complete Wikipedia.
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker on Netflix follows the rise and fall of Caleb McGillvery, also known as Kai Lawrence, an unhoused young man whose spontaneous act of heroism and inherently quirky personality earned him widespread social media fame before surfacing a few months later as the prime suspect in a brutal murder.
When a video of a homeless hitchhiker hitting a man on the head with a hatchet surfaced in February 2013, the entire internet went crazy. Caleb McGillvery, also known as Kai Lawrence, reportedly saved a lady in Fresno, California, from a brutal attack by whacking her attacker with his hatchet.
The explosive documentary on Netflix chronicles this bizarre incident as well as Kai's eventual descent into crime. However, if you're wondering about the man who was beaten by the hitchhiker, his name is Jett McBride. Here's everything you need to know about him, including where he is now.
Previously, we touched on Jessob Reisbeck.
Jett McBride’s Wikipedia: He Was Sentenced to Nine Years in a Mental Health Facility and Is Currently Being Treated at Atascadero State Hospital, With No Word on When He Will Be Released!
Rayshawn Neely, a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) employee, was working on a project with three of his colleagues in Fresno, California on February 1, 2013. A black sedan sped into their work area, refusing to stop despite a signal from one of the men. The car then collided with Neely, who was riding in the back of a bucket truck, trapping him between the car and the truck. As a result, he screamed in pain and briefly blacked out, his lower body pinned beneath him.
Witnessing the accident, Neely's coworkers and bystanders rushed to his aid, only to find the car's driver, Jett Simmons McBride aka Jett McBride, attempting to get out of the car and injure the victim. Jett eventually got out of the car and reached out to pull on Neely. Furthermore, he kept shouting that "he was Jesus Christ and had been sent to take all Black people, including the victim, to heaven." Jett allegedly pulled on Neely and asked him if he believed in Jesus Christ as he struggled to get the car off himself.
Meanwhile, Tonya Baker, a nurse on the other side of the street with her daughter Ginger, crossed the street to assist Neely. As she attempted to stop Jett McBride from hurting the victim and getting back into his car, he grabbed her in a bear hug and began crushing her. Despite Tonya's efforts to break free, he refused to let go and even pounded her on the back and head. At this point, Kai Lawrence, a Jett passenger, decided to save the woman and attempted to hit him with his fists.
Seeing no progress, Kai pulled out his hatchet and struck Jett in the back of the head three times, twice with the butt and once with the blade. Fortunately, the latter let go of Tonya and was overpowered by bystanders who assisted Neely and called the police. However, the victim's coworkers repeatedly asked Kai to bury the hatchet, and he eventually agreed and began to walk away. An injured Jett continued to threaten everyone and was quickly arrested by officers who arrived on the scene. They also found a small bag of marijuana in his car.
Jett McBride was charged with attempted murder, battery, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for inflicting great bodily harm on Rayshawn Neely and his colleague. In addition, Kai was called the key witness in his pretrial hearing. The latter claimed he was hitchhiking in Bakersfield on that particular day when Jett offered him a ride in his car. The two men then drove to Fresno, where Kai shared a marijuana cigarette.
According to the documentary, Jett McBride claimed during his police interrogation that the hitchhiker persuaded him to drive into the truck where Neely was working. On the contrary, Kai testified that Jett pretended to be Jesus Christ while inebriated and drove himself into the truck. Furthermore, he stated that the latter had previously admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl. Jett pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the attempted murder and battery charges during his trial.
After a month of deliberation, the jury found Jett McBride not guilty of attempted murder and battery due to insanity in January 2014. He was, however, found guilty of both counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Jett was sentenced to nine years in a mental health facility after being found insane during his trial. According to court records, he is currently being treated at Atascadero State Hospital, and there is no word on when he will be released.
Interestingly, in the documentary, musician Gabriel Francisco claimed that Lawrence Kai claimed to have laced Jett McBride's marijuana joint with other drugs. Despite this, toxicology experts discovered no traces of any other drug in the latter's body except marijuana. Kai was sentenced to 57 years in prison in May 2013 for the murder of New Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy. As a result, he did not testify at Jett's final hearing before conviction.