Monalisa Perez, 20, told police investigators she fired a gun from about a foot away at a book held by her boyfriend, and father of the couple’s second child, Pedro Ruiz III, on June 26th of this year.
Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Friday, and was sentenced to a prison sentence of 6-months, followed by 10-years of supervised probation. Perez is also banned from owning a firearm for life.
BBC News (@BBCNEWS) reports, Perez said that she expected the bullet to embed harmlessly in the book. Ruiz, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The couple had post many videos with similar pranks to their YouTube channel in the hope that it would gain them some fame. In one video Ruiz fell out of a tree. In another, Ruiz jumped from the roof of a house into a swimming pool. Another video on the couple’s YouTube channel showed Perez feeding Ruiz a doughnut covered in baby powder instead of sugar. Those stunts weren’t enough to garner the couple the internet fame they craved. They were looking to do something bigger. Hours before performing the fatal stunt that ended Ruiz’s life. Perez took to Twitter to inform her followers that something big was coming.
Perez told investigators that Ruiz had convinced her that the stunt was safe, and that he had done it successfully before. He showed her holes in books where he said he’d shot himself while covered in books, but the bullet had not gone all the way through. The bullet got stuck in the pages of the book every time.
The couple used a GoPro camera to film as Ruiz held a 1.5 inch thick hardcover encyclopedia to his chest.