Many young women like to take fun selfies with friends during a night out, but one seemingly harmless photo has landed a 21-year-old Canadian woman behind bars.
According to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, it started when Cheyenne Rose Antoine was gearing up for a night of partying with best friend, 18-year-old Brittney Gargol, in March 2015.
The two snapped a photo together that Gargol later shared on her Facebook page. Little did the 18-year-old know, she would get killed just six hours later.Brittney Jane/Facebook
Gargol’s body was found on the side of the road in Saskatoon, not far from a landfill, CBC News reports.
She was lying on her back and had no shoes on, according to the man who found her. A black belt was found laying on the ground nearby.
It was later determined that the belt was likely used to strangle Gargol to death, the StarPhoenix reports.
Police were quick to turn to Antoine, since she was photographed with the victim just hours before.Brittney Gargol – Brittney Jane/Facebook
According to the StarPhoenix, she claimed that she did hang out with Gargol that day, but later left her to go visit with her uncle. The CBC reports Antoine also told authorities the women barhopped that night, and her friend left with a man.
She even posted on her friend’s Facebook:
“Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.”
But Antoine cover-up story unraveled quickly.
One of her friends went to police and admitted that the suspect went to their home while drunk and confessed to killing Gargol after they got in a fight, CBC News reports.
Furthermore, police believed that the belt Antoine was wearing in her photo with Gargol was actually the murder weapon used to kill the teen, the New York Daily News reports.Antoine’s belt – Brittney Jane/Facebook
Antoine was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the killing.
She has since said that she remembers arguing with her friend that night, but doesn’t remember the killing, according to CBC News.
The NY Daily News reports the 21-year-old said in 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.”
On Monday, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 7 years behind bars.
Gargol’s family said they miss their beloved teen every day. Watch coverage of the story below: