Sentencing awaits 20-year-old mom who killed boyfriend during YouTube stunt

Woman who fatally shot boyfriend in YouTube stunt expected to receive lifelong firearms ban as part of sentencing

Monalisa Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in the chest while the couple was attempting a YouTube stunt last June.

On Wednesday, 20-year-old Monalisa Perez stood a second time before the court to hear her sentence.

On the day of the shooting, Ruiz had set up a GoPro camera and another camera on a ladder nearby to record the stunt at the couple's house in Norman County, according to the criminal complaint. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. She may then serve the balance of her sentence via electronic home monitoring, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Chillingly, just hours before Ruiz was fatally shot, Perez tweeted that the pair had planned to film "one of the most risky videos ever". In June of a year ago, 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.

Under the plea agreement, Perez is banned for life from possessing a firearm and can not receive payment for telling her story.

"Our family is hurting just as much too, MonaLisa loved Pedro with all of her heart, do you think she wanted to do that, it's just a tragedy", said MonaLisa's grandmother Vonny Revell.

Woman who fatally shot boyfriend in YouTube stunt expected to receive lifelong firearms ban as part of sentencing

The Internet stunt was meant to rocket Pedro Ruiz III and his girlfriend to fame but ended in Ruiz's death. The bullet passed through, unlike the first book Ruiz showed Perez to convince her to do the stunt.

"HIS idea not MINE", Perez tweeted just hours before the incident.

Ruiz's aunt, Paulita Ruiz, told Perez during the sentencing on March 14 that she was at fault for ending her nephew's life.

The couple had been posting video blogs, "pranks" and "challenges" to their YouTube channel for several months before the June 2017 shooting.

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. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.

Perez called 911, but medics couldn't do anything for Ruiz. 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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