U.S. woman sentenced to jail for killing boyfriend in failed YouTube stunt

U.S. woman sentenced to jail for killing boyfriend in failed YouTube stunt

An American YouTube vlogger who accidentally shot her boyfriend to death while filming a stunt for her YouTube channel has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Ruiz held a hard cover encyclopedia to his chest while Perez, standing just a foot away, squeezed the trigger of a.50 caliber Desert Eagle, among the most lethal handguns in the world.

But the bullet ripped through the book and Ruiz died at the scene of a single gunshot wound in the couple's Minnesota home last June. Of note, the couple's three-year-old child was among the 30 onlookers who watched the stunt, which was captured by two cameras, unfold.

"This comes from the heart, where you shot him", she said during Monalisa Perez's sentencing at the Norman County Courthouse. She was sentenced on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.

Perez tweeted a few hours before the shooting: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever".

She told Perez that she missed the "funny, crazy, outgoing" Ruiz who took her on vacation in Arizona past year.

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

Judge Jeffrey Remick followed the plea agreement recommendations in his sentencing, and allowed Perez to serve her prison time in 10-day increments over three years.

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Ruiz is survived by the two children he fathered with Perez. The bullet passed through, unlike the first book Ruiz showed Perez to convince her to do the stunt.

She added: "They were in love".

Prosecutors said it was clear that the idea for the stunt came from Ruiz, which was the reason for the short sentence.

Perez expressed her remorse through her attorney, Public Defender Eric Gudmundson, but didn't speak in court.

According to the woman, the whole YouTube stunt was her boyfriend's idea and that she agreed to do it after the man reassured her that it's totally safe.

Their YouTube channel, which is still live, consists of videos showing the couple doing various pranks and stunts. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

Perez and Ruiz had been together almost six years at the time of the incident. 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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