- Monalisa Perez shot Pedro Ruiz in the chest with a Desert Eagle handgun for a YouTube prank in Halstad, Minnesota, last year.
- Perez was holding a thick encyclopedia, which the pair thought would stop the bullet.
- It didn’t, and Perez died at the scene in front of a large crowd who were watching.
- Perez struck a plea deal with Minnesota authorities and will spend 90 days in jail and 90 under house arrest.
A woman who shot her boyfriend in the chest and inadvertently killed him while trying to film a prank video for YouTube has been jailed.
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.
Ruiz was holding a thick encyclopaedia, which the pair thought would stop the bullet and leave him unharmed. Instead, the bullet pierced the book and killed him.
Perez called 911, but medics couldn’t do anything for Ruiz.
Perez, who was pregnant with Ruiz’s second child at the time, was being watched by their 3-year-old daughter and a crowd of 30 other people at the time, according to the BBC. Cameras were recording from two different angles.
She posted this tweet in the buildup to the stunt:
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
Authorities in Minnesota agreed a plea deal with Perez, which stipulated a 180-day term of confinement. She will spend 10 days in prison then 10 days under house arrest until the sentence is over.
She has also been permanently barred from owning firearms.
The sentence is below the usual minimum guidelines, but was allowed to stand on the grounds that the stunt was mostly Ruiz’s idea.