A chilling picture on Facebook revealed a woman wearing the same belt she used to strangle her best friend to death. The picture helped to convict the woman of manslaughter.
Brittney Gargol, who was 18 years of age, was brutally strangled to death by her best friend, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, who is 21 years old, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in March 2015.
Antoine has been convicted of manslaughter, which is credited to an image of the two friends together on social media. Antoine, in this picture, is wearing the same belt that she had used to strangle Gargol.
Initially, Antoine confessed that the pair of friends had been drinking on the evening Gargol was strangled. She later also admitted to having been in an argument with the deceased which led to the throttle.
The young woman's body was found dumped beside a road just south of Saskatoon on March 25, 2015, along with a belt, which was found nearby. A photo reminiscing their friendship, of the pair having a good time together, was posted to Facebook not more than six hours prior to the body being discovered.
The photo clearly reveals Antoine wearing a copy, if not the same belt, which was found near the body, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports.
It took the police a while to trace the timeline back to the day when Gargol had been murdered and when the picture with her best friend had been posted on Facebook. Antoine's involvement in the strangling was only confirmed after police connected the dots from that photo.
In an alleged attempt to cover her tracks, Antoine also posted on Gargol's Facebook, writing, "Where are you? Haven't heard from you. Hope you made it home safe." Although Antoine tried to cover up strangling her friend, she was inevitably named the prime suspect of the investigation into Gargol's homicide.
Initially, Antoine told the police the two were out drinking and that she had gone home with an unknown man on the night of Gargol's death. She said that she was unaware of what had happened to her best friend and did not know her whereabouts.
Later, however, the police received a tip that Antoine had made a drunken confession to the killing, CBC reports.
This complex investigation took almost two years to solve. Antoine was initially charged with second-degree murder.
Antoine also pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but repeatedly said that she didn't remember killing her friend. She was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment Jan. 15.
Lisa Watson, Antoine's lawyer, revealed that Antoine is extremely sorry for whatever happened that evening and issued a statement: "I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back."
"I am very, very sorry ... It shouldn't have ever happened."
Outside the courthouse, Gargol's uncle called his niece "a wonderful young person that didn’t deserve this" and went on to say that he and the family "truly miss her every day."