A Canadian girl who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after police found a crucial clue in a picture posted to Facebook has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 18 years old at the time, was convicted of killing 18-year-old Brittney Gargol in 2015 and dumping her body on a road south of Saskatoon.
Antoine initially tried to cover up her crime, posting on Facebook the next day wondering where her friend was.
“Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe,” she wrote, reported the Star Phoenix.
But it was a photo on Facebook that ultimately punctured her story.
Brittney Gargol died at the hands of a friend, and her family will never know the true reason. Cheyenne Rose Antoine says she doesn't remember killing Gargol, but still accepts responsibility for her death. https://t.co/pUF6b93uRU pic.twitter.com/QhCWDXB2LB
— TheStarPhoenix.com (@TheStarPhoenix) January 16, 2018
A picture she uploaded onto the social media website just six hours before the killing showed the two girls posing. In the bottom-left corner, Antoine’s belt is visible.
It’s the very same belt found next to Gargol’s body, according to police. They believe she used it to strangle her friend.
More information was gleaned from other Facebook posts that helped establish a timeline for the night.
“It’s quite remarkable how the police developed this information,” prosecutor Robin Ritter told CBC.
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After the evidence emerged, Antoine admitted to killing Gargol, though she says she doesn’t remember it. Both girls were using alcohol and drugs on the fateful night, police said.
“I’ll never forgive myself. It’s wrong and shouldn’t have happened,” Antoine wrote in a statement her lawyer read aloud in court.
A preliminary hearing for the second-degree murder offense was scheduled for next week, but instead, Antoine reached an agreement involving her pleading guilty to the lesser offense of manslaughter.
She will now serve seven years in prison.