Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

YouTuber Who Shot Boyfriend To Death In Video Gets Jail Sentence

YouTuber Who Shot Boyfriend To Death In Video Gets Jail Sentence

Monalisa Perez will serve 180 non-consecutive days in jail for fatally shooting her boyfriend as part of an ill-fated online video, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

About nine months ago, the woman's 22-year-old deceased significant other asked her to shoot him with a.50 calibre handgun from about a foot away as he held up an encyclopedia to his chest, thinking it would stop the bullet.

"It's depressing, he was the heart of the family, he's the one who brought us together, we loved him very much", said Pedro's 13-year old cousin Marisela.

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

The couple's three-year-old child was among the 30 onlookers who watched the stunt, which was captured by two cameras, unfold.

Norman County Attorney James Brue said Monday, "I expect her to be sentenced with what is outlined" in the plea agreement. She may then serve the balance of her sentence via electronic home monitoring, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

The pair had shot prank videos for publication on Youtube in the past and, before the shooting, Perez had tweeted: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever".

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He had experimented previously and thought the thick book would protect him, but the couple's three-year-old child and almost 30 onlookers watched as she fired a fatal bullet.

She is also banned from ever possessing firearms. It did not, and the bullet killed him.

Her YouTube channel remains active almost nine months after the shooting.

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

Perez and Ruiz were recording the stunt for their YouTube channel which published videos of their daily lives and pranks.

She said: "He had told me about that idea, and I said, 'Don't do it". Since Ruiz's death, the view counts on the videos have gone up and the comments sections are dominated by remarks about the shooting. Please hurry up, ' Perez told the 911 dispatcher in June 2017. 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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