Woman Who Shot and Killed Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Sentenced

Monalisa Perez appears with her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III on their You Tube Channel La MonaLisa

Monalisa Perez appears with her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III on their You Tube Channel La MonaLisa

A woman has received a prison sentence after shooting her boyfriend dead in a YouTube stunt gone wrong.

The stunt that killed him last June in Halstad involved Perez shooting a powerful handgun at a thick, hardcover book held to his chest, believing that it would stop the bullet. 22-year-old Ruiz, died at the scene.

Perez was pregnant with their second time when Ruiz was killed.

The sentence could have been more severe, but Norman County Attorney James Brue said it fitted the circumstances for the 20-year-old mother.

The Star Tribune reports Perez earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors.

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The pair had filmed several YouTube videos in the run up to the accident, and Perez tweeted prior to filming that: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever".

She and Mr Ruiz had posted a series of almost 20 videos to YouTube featuring mostly harmless pranks: Mr Ruiz climbing a tree and falling from a branch, Perez feeding him a doughnut covered with talcum powder instead of powdered sugar, eating the world's spiciest pepper. She is also under probation for 10 years.

Perez can not "make any financial compensation" from the recording of Ruiz's death, according to the Star Tribune.

Her YouTube channel remains active almost nine months after the shooting.

But, when she added, "We don't hate you", a scoff could be heard from a man sitting with Perez's family.

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Brue told the court Wednesday that the sentence balances the need to hold Perez accountable and the fact that the stunt was Ruiz's idea and he assured her it was safe.

The couple had recorded a number of YouTube videos together, featuring them doing stunts and completing challenges.

Monaliza Perez and former boyfriend Pedro Ruiz.

She said: "He had told me about that idea, and I said, 'Don't do it".

The couple's YouTube channel is still active and its videos have accumulated 5.3million views. 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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Perez and Ruiz wanted to become famous and showcase their pranks on a YouTube channel.

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