Woman Who Killed Boyfriend In Botched YouTube Stunt Jailed
Woman Who Killed Boyfriend In Botched YouTube Stunt Jailed
YouTuber Jailed For Shooting Her Boyfriend Dead
18 March, 2018, 02:11
A Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend during a YouTube stunt gone terribly wrong last June will only spend six months behind bars, in ten-day increments. They both believed the book's thickness would protect Ruiz's body from the bullet and they were hoping it would make for a great viral video.
Ruiz had convinced Perez - who was 19 at the time and pregnant with his second child - the stunt would work.
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.
The sentence could have been more severe, but Norman County Attorney James Bruesaid it fitted the circumstances for the 20-year-old mother. The shooting on June 26, 2017 was part of aspiring YouTube star Pedro Ruiz's efforts to build an online following by performing risky stunts, according to police and media 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 unsafe videos ever".
Perez told investigators Ruiz had been urging her to shoot a book while he held it, and had shown her another book that a bullet did not fully penetrate.
Perez is also banned for life from owning firearms and is forbidden from making money off the case. Her videos have drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.
"HIS idea not MINE", Perez tweeted just hours before the incident.
Brue said that he was satisfied that the sentence held Perez accountable for "culpable negligence that led to the tragic and completely avoidable death".
The sentence is below the usual minimum guidelines, but was allowed to stand on the grounds that the stunt was mostly Ruiz's idea.
Perez and Ruiz had been documenting their everyday lives in Halstad, Minnesota, by posting videos of their pranks to a YouTube channel in a quest for internet fame. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death.
In court, Ruiz' aunt Paulita Ruiz told Perez, "You took him away from us, Mona". 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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