@Gidi_Traffic A Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend in a stunt they hoped would go viral on YouTube has been sentenced to six months in prison.Pedro Ruiz, 22, had asked Monalisa Perez, 20, to shoot him with a gun from about one foot (30 cm) away. pic.twitter.com/w2Xek0mCg3— AustynZOGS (@Austynzogs) March 15, 2018
UPDATE: Monalisa Perez, 20, the YouTuber who killed Pedro Ruiz while trying to get a thick book to stop a bullet for a video, will serve only six months behind bars.
After admitting to second-degree manslaughter, the judge sentenced her to a 180-day jail term. Perez is also banned from owning firearms or making a profit from her story.
The YouTuber is also eligible to serve the last three months of her sentence on house arrest. After that, she’s supposed to be under supervised probation for 10 years.
To some, this may appear as a light sentence considering what was meant as a prank, ended up resulting in death.
In a freak accident, a 19-year-old YouTube star’s boyfriend died after she accidently shot him in the chest in Minnesota.
Monalisa Perez shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22, with a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun — one of the most powerful pistols in the world — while he held up a hardcover encyclopedia supposed to block the bullet. The incident took place in the grass outside their home.
The couple placed a GoPro camera on the back of a car and put another camera on a nearby ladder. As they were filming, Perez held the gun and shot the book Ruiz was holding. Obviously, the bullet went through his chest and he died on the spot. Seeing her boyfriend lying dead on the floor, Perez immediately called 911 and told them that she had accidently shot her boyfriend.
The evening before the incident took place, Perez announced on Twitter about their next dangerous video.
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever???? HIS idea not MINE??— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017
The couple has a 3-year-old daughter and Perez is pregnant with a second child.
According to the Norman County Sheriff’s Office, Ruiz wanted to grow his followers on YouTube. Perez was arrested after a criminal complaint was filed against her. She is charged with second-degree manslaughter and could face up to 10 years behind bars and/or a fine of $20,000.
“The case remains under investigation by the Norman County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota BCA,” said Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton.
The two had been making video for a YouTube channel called La MonaLisa, which they referred to as a vlog. The couple often performed videos that are described as stunts, challenges and pranks.
According to local officials, the video of the shooting would not be released.
Just don't do this. Teen YouTuber Shoots and Kills Boyfriend in Video Stunt, Police Say - NBC News https://t.co/EOvDdgfshF— Jeff Terry (@nuclear94) June 29, 2017
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