A failed YouTube stunt killed a young Minnesota man and now his girlfriend has been convicted of his death. 20-year-old Monalisa Perez was asked by her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, to fire a loaded handgun at his chest from a mere foot away.
The YouTubers apparently thought that a 1.5-inch thick book would be enough to stop a speeding bullet at point blank range. Ruiz, 22, held the book in front of his chest while Perez fired the gun. The bullet pierced the book and struck Ruiz fatally wounding him last June.
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While video of the actual shooting has not been released, another YouTuber who owns a Desert Eagle handgun similar to the one used by Perez demonstrates its lethal force on a book of similar thickness to the one used to shield Ruiz' chest in the failed stunt:
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Perez has now been convicted of his death and sentenced to six months in jail for killing her boyfriend in the botched stunt. The couple had hoped the video would go viral but now the story is getting recolonization for another reason. The ill-advised stunt killed Ruiz resulting in a charge of second-degree manslaughter for his girlfriend, Perez.
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The mother of two will serve the six-month sentence in 10-day increments over the course of three years as her plea agreement recommended. Perez is also banned from owning firearms for the rest of her life and will be on probation for 10 years. As part of her plea agreement, she is also barred from seeking any financial gain from the case.
The couple had been documenting their lives by posting videos of pranks to their YouTube channel. Many of their pranks seemed harmless and there was little indication of just how desperate they were for internet fame. Perez fired a Desert Eagle handgun from about a foot away from Perez's chest while he held an encyclopedia thinking it would stop the bullet.
The shooting took place in front of the couple's 3-year-old child and almost 30 onlookers when she fired the shot that killed Ruiz. Perez then called 911 to say she had accidentally shot her boyfriend and he was pronounced dead at their home in Halstad. She was pregnant with their second child at the time of the shooting.
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