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Selfie helps prosecutors convict woman in the murder of her best friend

January 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Selfie helps prosecutors convict woman in the murder of her best friend

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A selfie posted on social media helped Canadian prosecutors convict a woman in the murder of her best friend.

According to the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 21-year-old Cheyenne Rose Antoine was sentenced earlier this week to seven years behind bars for the strangling death 18-year-old Brittney Gargol.

A passerby found the body of Gargol dumped on the side of a road near a landfill in Saskatchewan in March 2015.

Investigators arrested Antoine after discovering a selfie that was posted on social media hours before the murder, which shows the suspect wearing a belt matching the one found next to Gargol’s body.

Police believed Antoine used the belt to strangle the victim.

Antoine had maintained she couldn’t remember killing her best friend after a night out of partying.

Antoine, 21, has been sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to strangling her best friend

However, she finally admitted to the crime during a court appearance on Monday, the Star-Phoenix reported.

After the killing, Antoine posted a lengthy Facebook message asking for help on her friend’s whereabouts, which investigators gather was one of several attempts to sway police.

The woman also wrongly told police she was with a friend on the night of Gargol’s death and later returned home to see her uncle.

Authorities said Antoine later changed her story and told investigators that Gargol went home with an unidentified man after a night of barhopping.

A friend eventually tipped off police who said Antoine had shown up drunk at her home drunk and admitted to killing Gargol after an argument had ensued.

Police subsequently arrested Antoine on second-degree murder charges, which she pled down to a lesser charge of manslaughter on Monday.

“She knows the family would like an explanation, a reason, but unfortunately she cannot provide that,” her lawyer, Lisa Watson, told the court.

Watson read a written statement on behalf of Antoine, who did not directly address the court, in which she apologized for her crimes.

“I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back,” the statement read. “I am very, very sorry… It shouldn’t have ever happened.”

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