Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

YouTuber Jailed For Killing Her Boyfriend In Botched 'Shooting' Stunt

YouTuber Jailed For Killing Her Boyfriend In Botched 'Shooting' Stunt

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 a year ago.

20-year-old Monalisa Perez hit the headlines back in June when she and partner Pedro Ruiz chose to film a unsafe stunt involving a gun that accidentally resulted in his death.

With their video cameras recording and alarmed onlookers watching, Perez, who was pregnant with the couple's second child, pulled the trigger. The clip was filmed by two cameras and the couple's three-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting.

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

However, on Wednesday, the judge decided that the woman did not intentionally murder her boyfriend and that he was merely the aftermath of a miscalculate and idiotic prank.

"Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever", she tweeted. In June of a year ago, the couple thought up a stunt in which Perez would shoot Ruiz while he held a book; he thought the book would stop the bullet, BuzzFeed News reports.

She is also banned from ever possessing firearms. 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.

On that day Perez fired a powerful Desert Eagle handgun from close range, as Ruiz held an encyclopaedia in front of his chest. Pedro's plan was for the stunt to go viral on YouTube, but it unfortunately ended in tragedy.

Friends and family said 22-year-old Ruiz had been talking about going ahead with the stunt for some time.

"HIS idea not MINE", she said.

Hours before the shooting, Perez spelled out her concern on Twitter.

The couple had been posting video blogs, "pranks" and "challenges" to their YouTube channel for several months before the June 2017 shooting. Since Ruiz's death, the view counts on the videos have gone up and the comments sections are dominated by remarks about the shooting.

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.

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