YouTuber Who Killed Boyfriend In Botched Prank Receives Prison Sentence

15 March 2018, 09:43

Monaliza Perez and former boyfriend Pedro Ruiz
Monaliza Perez and former boyfriend Pedro Ruiz. Picture: YouTube

By Josh Lee

Pedro Ruiz died after a YouTube prank went horrible wrong.

A YouTuber has been jailed after she shot her boyfriend deaduring a YouTube prank gone wrong, the Star Tribune reports.

On June 26th 2017, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz asked girlfriend Monalisa Perez to shoot him from just 30cm away, believing that a thick book he was holding in front of him would stop the bullet. The book, which was 1.5 inches thick, was unable to stop the bullet and fatally wounded Ruiz.

YouTubers Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz
Perez was pregnant with their second time when Ruiz was killed. Picture: YouTube

Perez, who has two children by Ruiz, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter at Norman County court, Minnesota. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. She was also banned from owning firearms for life, and placed on supervised probation for 10 years. Perez was also told that she cannot earn money from the incident.

Norman County Attorney James Brue said that the sentence - which falls below state sentencing guidelines for this sort of crime - was adequate, given the circumstances that led to Ruiz's death.

"The reality that this foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned, and executed by Pedro Ruiz, and the defendant wrongfully and tragically relied on his assurances that the stunt was safe," he said.

The gun Perez was killed with was a Desert Eagle, a particularly powerful kind of handgun.