Not far from the body of an 18-year-old woman found strangled to death in Canada in 2015 was a black belt that police believed was the murder weapon. It has since led them to Brittney Gargol's killer: her best friend. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Cheyanne Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in Saskatchewan after she was seen wearing the belt alongside Gargol in a selfie posted to Facebook six hours before Gargol's body was found, report the CBC and Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Antoine, who'd also posted on Gargol's Facebook page saying she hoped her friend "made it home safe," first told police the pair had separated after a night of drinking. She later admitted they'd argued before Antoine strangled Gargol, leaving her body near a landfill, though she said she didn't recall the killing.
A defense attorney said her client's last memory from the night of March 25, 2015, was Gargol taking Antoine's phone after the pair left a house party. She also described Antoine as a victim of abuse who turned to alcohol and drugs for comfort, per the StarPhoenix. "My client had some very deep, personal issues that she was not dealing with, and unfortunately they turned into a very tragic situation for all involved," she said. Prosecutors and the defense agreed to a seven-year sentence after Antoine expressed remorse, reports the BBC. "I will never forgive myself," she said in a statement. "Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry." While accepting the sentence, Judge Marilyn Gray told Antoine to "honor your friend by becoming a positive member of the community. You owe it to her." (A 20-year-old is accused of killing his friend.)