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How This Facebook Selfie Helped Convict A Woman Of Killing Her Best Friend

Police spotted the murder weapon in the photo

Starling details have emerged of how Canadian police used a Facebook to crack a two-year-long murder investigation. 

On Monday, 21-year-old Cheyenne Rose Antoine pleaded guilty to killing her friend, 18-year-old Brittney Gargol, 18, in Saskatchewan two years ago.

According to the BBC, Brittney’s body was found strangled to death near landfill in March 2015.

A selfie taken hours before Brittney’s death and posted to Facebook showed Cheyenne wearing a distinctive black belt. The same belt was found near her friend’s body and believed to be the murder weapon.

Cheyenne had told authorities that she and her friend had been out drinking and got into an argument, but that she couldn’t remember strangling Brittney on the night of her death. She also claimed her friend had gone home with an unnamed man that evening, The Sun reports. 

But after examination of the selfie and by piecing a together a timeline from other social media pictures, police charged the 21-year-old with second-degree murder.

Cheyenne has now taken responsibility for Britney’s death—although she says she does not remember killing her—and plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. She was sentenced to seven years in jail on Monday. 

“I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back,” Cheyenne said in a statement issued through her lawyer. 

“I am very, very sorry … It shouldn’t have ever happened.”

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