Local mom gets 90 days in jail for deadly YouTube stunt

Monalisa Perez

A U.S. woman has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment for shooting dead her boyfriend in a botched stunt they hoped would go viral on YouTube. In June of previous year, the couple thought up a stunt in which Perez would shoot Ruiz while he held a book; he thought the book would stop the bullet, BuzzFeed News reports.

Perez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years, most of which is suspended for 10 years, leaving 180 days to be served in jail. She was also banned from owning a gun.

Monalisa Perez shot Pedro Ruiz III to death with a Desert Eagle for a YouTube video.

But the prosecutor, Norman County Attorney James Brue, made it clear the idea for the "foolish stunt" came from Ruiz; that was the reason for the relatively short sentence.

Perez, who was pregnant when she accidentally killed Pedro Ruiz outside their home in Halstad, Minn., will retain custody of their two children.

However, on Wednesday, the judge decided that the woman did not intentionally murder her boyfriend and that he was merely the aftermath of a miscalculate and idiotic prank.

Her YouTube channel remains active almost nine months after the shooting. Family members from both side say the intend on making statements in court Wednesday and several of them are "in support" of the proposed sentencing.

The couple had a YouTube channel in which they did pranks, stunts, and challenges-the idea was to show "the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents".

In court, Ruiz' aunt Paulita Ruiz told Perez, "You took him away from us, Mona".

Brue said that he was satisfied that the sentence held Perez accountable for "culpable negligence that led to the tragic and completely avoidable death".

Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz in a previous video. The video of the shooting was never uploaded and was submitted as evidence to law enforcement.

She is eligible to serve the final three months of her sentence in home confinement and is subject to 10 years of supervised probation.

"She's getting to pick when she is doing her time, when she gets to sit, I don't think it's fair, we don't have him ever again", said Claudia. The state is in the midst of a pilot project that is allowing media cameras at sentencings with a judge's consent.

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