YouTube prankster was sentenced to six months in jail after she unintentionally killed her boyfriend during a stunt sequence. The two were supposed to perform a stunt that was intended to go viral for all the good reasons.
Monalisa Perez, 20, killed Pedro Ruiz at close range while he held a thick book in front of him. They assumed that the book would stop the bullet, but that was not to be.
Perez admitted second-degree manslaughter and a judge agreed that she should be allowed to serve her sentence in 10-day increments over a three-year period.
She is eligible to serve the final three months of her sentence in home confinement and is subject to 10 years of supervised probation.
Interestingly, it was Ruiz who convinced her to shoot him from a foot away with a powerful desert eagle 50-caliber pistol while he held a 1.5-inch thick book in front of his chest. He was looking to make it big in the internet.
‘Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever,’ Perez wrote on Twitter prior to performing the stunt. ‘HIS idea not MINE.’
With their video cameras recording and alarmed onlookers watching, Perez, who was pregnant with the couple’s second child, pulled the trigger.
The bullet went through the book and fatally injured Ruiz. Family and friends said at the time that Ruiz had been talking about performing the stunt for some time.
‘I said, “Don’t do it, don’t do it”,’ Claudia Ruiz, the young man’s aunt, told local TV station. She said the man’s response was, ‘We want more viewers.’
The couple’s channel is still active and the particular video has attracted more than 5.3 million views.
As part of her plea deal, Perez agreed to not seek financial gain from her case and was banned from owning firearms.