YouTuber Who Shot & Killed BF in Stunt Gone Wrong Sentenced to Prison
MonaLisa Perez, the woman who accidentally shot and killed her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in a YouTube stunt gone wrong, has officially been sentenced to prison. According to the Star Tribune, the 20-year-old mother of two pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and subsequently received 180 days, or six months, in jail. She also now has a lifetime ban on possessing a firearm, or receiving payment for telling the story or showing the video of what happened in June 2017.
MonaLisa will have to spend only 90 days actually in jail and then she will alternate being in and out of prison every 10 days for six months. She’ll then be on house arrest for the remaining 90 days of the sentence.
— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 19, 2017
About nine months ago, the woman’s 22-year-old deceased significant other asked her to shoot him with a .50 calibre handgun from about a foot away as he held up an encyclopedia to his chest, thinking it would stop the bullet. Pedro’s plan was for the stunt to go viral on YouTube, but it unfortunately ended in tragedy.
“Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever,” MonaLisa tweeted just hours before she accidentally killed Pedro. “HIS idea not MINE.”
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE
— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017
James Brue, a Norman County, Minnesota attorney said ML’s “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.”
If MonaLisa hadn’t taken a plea deal, she would’ve faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.