Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Wannabe YouTube star jailed for shooting boyfriend to death in botched stunt

Wannabe YouTube star jailed for shooting boyfriend to death in botched stunt

A YouTube "prankster" has been jailed for just six months after she shot her boyfriend dead in a botched stunt they had hoped would go viral.

According to the criminal complaint, the two were shooting a YouTube video where Perez shot at a book Ruiz held in front of his chest, believing the book would stop the bullet.

Monalisa Perez shot Ricardo Ruiz through an Encyclopedia using a.50 calibre handgun a year ago while she was pregnant.

Judge Jeffrey Remick ordered Monalisa Perez to serve the first 90 days of her sentence in ten-day increments over three years.

As part of her punishment, usatoday reported a Norman County judge on Wednesday also banned Monalisa Perez from ever owning a gun again.

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She will serve half of her sentence in prison and half in home confinement.

The two cameras that Ruiz had set up recorded the shooting, but investigators have so far withheld multiple videos of the incident.

In Facebook comments made shortly before Ruiz's death, Perez said: 'We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet!

Perez told police that Ruiz eventually "convinced" her to shoot the book he was holding, after he showed a her different book through which the bullet did not pass.

At the time of the shooting, Perez was pregnant with the couple's second child.

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"The reality that this foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned, and executed by Pedro Ruiz", Norman County Attorney James Brue said, per the Star-Tribune. "I love my cousin and miss him very much", she said through tears.

Online stars: The couple's YouTube channel had 218 subscribers at the time and included various pranks.

A few hours before the ill-fated video, Perez had written on social media that the stunt was "one of the most risky videos ever" and was Mr Ruiz's idea, not hers.

Family members said that they disagreed with the notion that it was Ruiz's idea to try to pull off the stunt.

Other stunts the pair filmed before Ruiz's death included her falling out of a tree or jumping into a swimming pool, as well as Perez serving Ruiz a doughnut covered in baby powder.

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If the 20-year-old had gone to trial and was found guilty, she could have been looking at up to 10 years behind bars.

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