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April 4, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced today that Gifton a.k.a. Michael Cousins (DOB 05/05/67) of Gordon Street, St. Andrews, Jamaica pled guilty to:

  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class "B" Violent Felony

in the stabbing death of Jason Campbell.

On Sept. 12, 1996 at the Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, the defendant who was employed as a caddy, got into a dispute with the victim, 23-year-old Jason Campbell, a fellow caddy in the area of the caddy yard.

At some point the argument became physical at which time Cousins pulled out a knife and stabbed Campbell once in the chest.

Campbell managed to stumble towards the Pro Shop at the golf course where he collapsed. An ambulance was called.

The defendant ran in the direction of Boston Post Road. A K-9 officer with the Pelham Manor Police Department discovered the knife while in pursuit of Cousins. DNA examination revealed that the blood on the knife belonged to the victim.

Campbell later died at New Rochelle Hospital.

Cousins fled the country. He was located last year in Kingston, Jamaica. He was taken into custody and brought back to Westchester in October of 2015.

The defendant's remand continues.

He is due to be sentenced on June 9, 2016.

The defendant faces between five and 25 years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.


Gifton Cousins

Gifton Cousins