A woman who shot and killed her boyfriend during a failed stunt for a YouTube video has been sentenced to six months in jail. Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty back in December.
In June, Perez was charged with second degree-manslaughter after shooting her boyfriend during a failed YouTube stunt. The two had created a channel a few months back and were trying to gain subscribers with stunt and prank videos.
Things went really bad for the couple when they attempted a dangerous stunt that they were planning to upload to YouTube. Monalisa Perez, who was 19 years old at the time, and her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz decided to use a gun and a book for their video. In the stunt, Perez shot at a book Ruiz was holding against his chest. She fired from about a foot away and the bullet went through the book, killing Ruiz.
The stunt was captured on video since the couple was planning to upload it to YouTube. Police have confirmed that the video exists but that they do not plan on releasing it. A Norman County attorney said back in December that he had met with the family of Ruiz. He said they discussed a plea agreement and added that they were in support of it.
The plea agreement called for her to receive six months in jail and that is what she has received. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says that she has also received a ban on possessing a firearm. She will also not be allowed to make money from the story or video.
Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, says they were in love and that it was just a prank gone wrong. She adds that he told her an about an idea and she asked why he was going to use a gun. He said because they wanted more viewers. The couple posted a video at a fair just days before the incident and had also said on social media that they were going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever.
The couple had uploaded several videos and had gained some subscribers before the incident. His aunt says they claimed to have tested the stunt. Perez used a Desert Eagle .50 to fire at the book Ruiz was holding against his chest. Emergency services were called shortly after but Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.