A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for shooting dead her boyfriend in a YouTube stunt that went wrong.
Monalisa Perez, 20, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for firing a Desert Eagle handgun into the chest of Pedro Ruiz, 22, outside their home in Halstad, Minnesota.
Monalisa Perez believed Pedro Ruiz would be shielded by a thick book as she took aim from close range in front of onlookers. Instead it killed him as the couple's three-year-old daughter witnessed the incident and Perez was pregnant at the time with their second child.
Two cameras captured the tragic shooting outside the couple's home in Halstad previous year. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.
"Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever", MonaLisa tweeted just hours before she accidentally killed Pedro.
He had experimented previously and thought the thick book would protect him, but the couple's three-year-old child and almost 30 onlookers watched as she fired a fatal bullet.
Perez was banned for life from owning firearms and ordered that she could make no financial gain from the case.
Ruiz's death came whilst holding a hardcover encyclopedia against his chest while imploring Perez, standing a foot away, to fire a pistol to see if the bullet would go through the book. It did not, and the bullet killed him.
"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 judge gave MonaLisa Perez the opportunity to address the courtroom, but she said no.
The couple was after fame and followers for their YouTube channel, which features a number of light-hearted pranks.
Family members said that they disagreed with the notion that it was Ruiz's idea to try to pull off the stunt.
"HIS idea not MINE", she said.
The channel remains live and has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death. The state is in the midst of a pilot project that is allowing media cameras at sentencings with a judge's consent. Please hurry up, ' Perez told the 911 dispatcher in June 2017.
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