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Woman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Boyfriend Dead In YouTube Stunt

Woman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Boyfriend Dead In YouTube Stunt

A 20-year-old YouTube vlogger has admitted accidentally shooting her boyfriend dead while filming a stunt they had planned to upload to their YouTube channel.

Monalisa Perez, a 20-year-old mother-of-two, believed her husband Pedro Ruiz would be shielded by a thick book as she took aim from close range in front of onlookers. The couple's prank videos usually contained innocent tricks, such as Perez giving Ruiz a doughnut covered in baby powder.

Perez told investigators that Ruiz wanted to make a video of her shooting a bullet into a hardcover encyclopedia he was holding against his chest, according to court records.

After the shooting, authorities found a gold Desert Eagle.50-caliber handgun in the grass near the couple's home. Ruiz gave the deputies the two cameras used to film the fatal stunt. Ruiz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The couple had a YouTube channel where they posted videos of pranks and stunts.

Just hours before Ruiz was accidentally shot, Perez tweeted to her followers that she and Ruiz planned to shoot "one of the most unsafe videos ever", saying the idea was Ruiz's, not hers. "HIS idea not MINE".

"They were in love, they loved each other", she said.

"We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong. It shouldn't have happened at all".

According to twincities.com, Perez made a plea deal to serve 180 days in jail and will be placed on 10 years probation. She'd be prohibited from profiting off the video and would be barred for life from having a gun, according to court documents. Episodes featured shots from their home, the vehicle or at the doctor's office, which is where Perez revealed in May that she was pregnant with a boy. She faced a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.

The report also stated that Perez would not be allowed to make any financial compensation from the video recording of Ruiz's death.

The couple performed the stunt at their Halstad home, in front of their three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers.

It added: "Everyone that knew him, knew that he never hesitated to try something new, always pushing things to their limits".

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