YouTube prankster gets jail for ‘killing’ boyfriend

Published: March 15, 2018 14:23:57 | Updated: March 18, 2018 12:32:32

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A US woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for shooting dead her boyfriend in a botched stunt they hoped would go viral on YouTube.

Monalisa Perez, now 20, was asked by Pedro Ruiz, 22, to fire a gun from a foot (30 cm) away, believing a thick book he held in front of his chest would shield him.

The bullet pierced the 1.5in book, fatally wounding Ruiz last June.

Perez, a mother of two, later pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, according to a BBC report.

On Wednesday, a Minnesota judge, Jeffrey Remick, said she would serve her time in 10-day increments.

Perez - who is banned for life from owning firearms - will be on probation for 10 years.

She also agreed not to seek any financial gain from the case.

Perez and Ruiz had been documenting their everyday lives by posting videos of their pranks to a YouTube channel in a quest for internet fame.

They had filmed some minor pranks, which seemed relatively harmless.

And there was little indication of how far they were prepared to go in order to become online celebrities until the fatal stunt on 26 June 2017.

On that day Perez fired a powerful Desert Eagle handgun from close range, as Ruiz held an encyclopaedia in front of his chest.

He had experimented previously and thought the thick book would protect him, but the couple’s three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers watched as she fired a fatal bullet.

Perez called 911 to report she had accidentally shot her boyfriend.

Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene at their home in Halstad.

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