Girlfriend in video stunt killing jailed for 6 months

18 March, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Myrtle Cook
  • Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz in a previous video

A 20-year-old Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend in a YouTube stunt "tragically relied on his assurances", a prosecutor said as she was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Wednesday.

Monalisa Perez, 20, fired at Pedro Ruiz from a foot away as he held a 1½in thick book in front of his chest.

"It's depressing, he was the heart of the family, he's the one who brought us together, we loved him very much", said Pedro's 13-year old cousin Marisela.

According to local media, 30 people - including the couple's young daughter - witnessed the shooting.

On June 26, 2017, the couple set up two cameras for the stunt.

By pleading guilty, she avoided a lengthy sentence.

A few hours before the ill-fated video, Perez had written on social media that the stunt was "one of the most risky videos ever" and was Mr Ruiz's idea, not hers.

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She told Perez that she missed the "funny, crazy, outgoing" Ruiz who took her on vacation in Arizona previous year.

Attorneys for Perez say they expect Judge Jeffrey Remick to OK a plea deal that includes a lifetime ban from possessing a firearm, 180 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation, WDAY-TV reports.

Ruiz's aunt, Paulita Ruiz, told Perez during the sentencing on March 14 that she was at fault for ending her nephew's life. Mr Ruiz had shown her a book he had shot with the same gun to demonstrate that the bullet did not go through the entire volume. However, the bullet went through the book.

The footage was never uploaded to Perez's YouTube channel, which has 25,700 subscribers and featured the couple's life and various pranks and stunts.

In Facebook comments made shortly before Ruiz's death, Perez said: 'We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet!

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. "HIS idea not MINE", she wrote. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

Paulita Ruiz said it was a reminder of how foolish it is to take the risks Ruiz and Perez took just for internet fame and wealth. 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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