What started off as a YouTube stunt turned tragic when Monalisa Perez fatally shot her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III. Perez has pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge. Here are the updated details of the case.
Looking to gain more subscribers on YouTube, Minnesota resident Monalisa Perez and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III, decided to record a stunt and upload it to their channel. They were trying to figure out if a hardcover encyclopedia could withstand the impact of a .50 caliber Desert Eagle gun.
Ruiz held the encyclopedia against his chest. The stunt went wrong when a bullet tore through the book and hit Ruiz. Two cameras captured the incident at the couple’s house in Halstad on June 2017.
Perez was pregnant at the time and the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, was present when the shooting occurred.
After the fatal shooting, Perez called 911 and said, “We were doing a YouTube video and it went wrong. Please hurry up.”
Hours before the shooting, Perez expressed concern about the stunt on her Twitter account. “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,” she wrote.
Monalisa Perez Pleads Guilty
Monalisa Perez has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter as part of a plea deal. She’s expected to spend 180 days in jail and spend 10 years under supervised probation.
Perez also cannot earn money from the recording of Pedro Ruiz’s death. She is banned from owning firearms for the rest of her life.
The prosecution will allow Perez to serve out half of her jail term in increments of 30 days per year for the next three years. The rest of her sentence could be waived in favor of electronic home monitoring as long as she abides by the terms of her probation.
Perez, who has given birth to her second child, will be back in court for her sentencing on February 2018.