Woman ‘tragically relied’ on boyfriend’s assurances when she shot him in YouTube stunt, prosecutor says

A 20-year-old Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend in a YouTube stunt “tragically relied on his assurances,” a prosecutor said as she was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Wednesday.

Monalisa Perez avoided prison time, as expected, after pleading guilty in December to killing 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III.

Two cameras captured the tragic shooting outside the couple’s home in Halstad last year. Ruiz held up a hardcover encyclopedia against his chest as Perez fired a shot from a .50-caliber Desert Eagle gun.

The couple had wanted to see if the bullet would go through the book, but were standing just one foot from each other.

In addition to the jail sentence, Perez is banned from owning a firearm and cannot sell the story of the shooting, according to the Star Tribune.

Perez, who has two children, will be able to serve her sentence in 10-day periods, according to the newspaper.

Norman County Attorney James Brue said the “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,” according to the Star Tribune.


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