Woman who shot boyfriend dead in YouTube stunt jailed six months

Monalisa Perez

Monalisa Perez

Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, in Halstad last June.

She is eligible to serve the final three months of her sentence in home confinement and is subject to 10 years of supervised probation.

Judge Jeffrey Remick followed the plea agreement recommendations in his sentencing, and allowed Perez to serve her prison time in 10-day increments over three years.

The incident was captured on two cameras.

Norman County Attorney James Brue said Monday, "I expect her to be sentenced with what is outlined" in the plea agreement.

Perez also told authorities Ruiz showed her a different book he had shot, and the bullet did not go all the way through. The Desert Eagle is described by retailer Cabela's in an online ad as "one of the world's most powerful semiautomatic handguns".

A judge in the USA state of Minnesota sentenced a YouTube prankster to six months in prison on Wednesday (Mar 14) for fatally shooting her boyfriend in a botched video stunt they hoped would go viral. The bullet penetrated the book and killed Ruiz. "It's all on recording". She spelled out her concern on Twitter a few hours before the shooting.

"Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever", Perez wrote on Twitter prior to performing the stunt. "HIS idea not MINE", she wrote.

Perez and Ruiz were recording the stunt for their YouTube channel which published videos of their daily lives and pranks.

Two relatives of Ruiz's made victim impact statements during the proceedings. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

The judge added that along with the law, he was guided by "common decency and old-fashioned common sense" in not letting the media take advantage of "that infamy" that befell Ruiz and Perez because of "an ill-conceived video stunt".