United States woman pleads guilty to killing boyfriend in YouTube stunt

Minnesota woman pleads guilty to fatally shooting boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong

Monalisa Perez, 20, pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge for shooting her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III.

Perez posted a message on Twitter about 5 p.m. that Monday in June, saying: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever".

The couple would post videos of their pranks to a YouTube channel in a quest for internet fame, according to court records. She will be on supervised probation for five years, is prohibited from owning a firearm, and can not "make any financial compensation" from the video recording of Ruiz's death. The plan, she told officers, was for Ruiz to cover his chest with a heavy book while she fired a handgun at him from a foot away.

The final ruling will be handed down by a judge during her official sentencing in February.

As part of the plea agreement Perez can not "make any financial compensation" from the video-recorded killing of Ruiz and is "banned from possessing firearms for the rest of her life", the prosecution's court filing last week read. The bullet pierced the book, killing him.

"They were in love, they loved each other", Claudia Ruiz, Pedro Ruiz's aunt, told CBS affiiliate Valley News Live earlier this year. She will serve half her jail time in 30-day increments each year for the next three years, with the remainder on electronic home monitoring.




"We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong", Perez said in a 911 call after the shooting.

The channel remains live almost six months since the shooting and has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

Perez told investigators that Ruiz convinced her to take part in the deadly stunt by showing her a different book he'd shot, which the bullet failed to penetrate, reported The Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Those videos are considered evidence and won't be released until the conclusion of the case.

According to the YouTube videos the couple made together, they have a 3-year-old daughter and Perez is pregnant with their second.

"We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong", a transcript of the call quoted Perez as saying.

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