Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

YouTube prankster bags jail term for killing boyfriend in failed stunt

YouTube prankster bags jail term for killing boyfriend in failed stunt

A YouTube "prankster" has been jailed for just six months after she shot her boyfriend dead in a botched stunt they had hoped would go viral.

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 past year.

Monalisa Perez avoided prison time, as expected, after pleading guilty in December to killing 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III.

However, Paulita Ruiz, who said she's forgiven Perez, faulted her for failing to apologize to the family. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

Monalisa Perez was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Wednesday.

'Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever, ' Perez wrote on Twitter prior to performing the stunt.

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 banned from owning guns for life and is prohibited from profiting from the case.

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After she fired the firearm she called the authorities and they attempted to save Ruiz's life but he died on site. The book, which was 1.5 inches thick, was unable to stop the bullet and fatally wounded Ruiz.

Norman County Attorney James Brue, made it clear the idea for the "foolish stunt" came from Ruiz, which was the reason for the short sentence, reported the Duluth News-Tribune.

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.

According to the woman, the whole YouTube stunt was her boyfriend's idea and that she agreed to do it after the man reassured her that it's totally safe.

The last moments of the video show Perez pointing the gun at her boyfriend's chest and firing a single round.

The channel remains live and has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

Perez and Ruiz wanted to become famous and showcase their pranks on a YouTube channel. The state is in the midst of a pilot project that is allowing media cameras at sentencings with a judge's consent.

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