Monday, 10 December, 2018

United States woman sentenced to jail for killing boyfriend in failed YouTube stunt

Sentencing awaits 20-year-old mom who killed boyfriend during YouTube stunt YouTube prankster jailed for just six months for shooting boyfriend dead in stunt gone wrong
| 18 March, 2018, 02:11

Perez was asked by Ruiz, 22, to fire a gun from a 30cm away, as he held a hardback encyclopedia to protect himself from the bullet, in June previous year.

Perez had been dating her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, for five years at the time of the incident.

Monalisa Perez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 180 days in jail for killing her late boyfriend Pedro Ruiz.

Perez had expressed concern about the stunt on her Twitter account before the shooting: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever".

James Brue, a Norman County, Minnesota attorney said ML's "This foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned and executed by Pedro Ruiz, and the defendant wrongfully and tragically relied on his assurances that the stunt was safe". Instead it killed him as the couple's three-year-old daughter witnessed the incident and Perez was pregnant at the time with their second child.

By pleading guilty, she avoided a lengthy sentence.

At the time of her arrest, Perez insisted that her boyfriend had been 'trying' to get her to do the shooting stunt for a while before agreeing.


Adding: 'All the insane stuff will on his channel and mine will be our family life!'

She will also not be allowed to receive financial compensation for the recording of Ruiz's death or for telling her story about the fatal shooting. Last June, Perez fired a bullet from a Desert Eagle handgun through a hard-bound encyclopedia that Ruiz was holding.

The couple was after fame and followers for their YouTube channel, which features a number of light-hearted pranks.

Perez and Ruiz wanted to become famous and showcase their pranks on a YouTube channel.

The video was submitted to law enforcement officials as evidence.

In what might seem a weird approach to a United Kingdom audience, the judge told Perez she could serve her time in 10-day increments over the next three years.

Members of Ruiz's family are expected to give statements to the court during sentencing before Judge Jeffrey Remick, the prosecutor said. The state has been experimenting with allowing judges to make the call, and The Forum joined with other news outlets in asking for access.

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