Woman jailed for killing boyfriend during failed YouTube stunt

By midian182 · 29 replies
Mar 15, 2018
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  1. Back in June 2017, it was reported that a pregnant teenager had fatally shot her boyfriend during a YouTube stunt gone wrong. Today, Monalisa Perez, now 20, has been given a six-month sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

    Last year, Perez shot 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, who she had been dating for five years, with one of the world’s most powerful pistols—a Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun—outside of the couple’s home. The incident took place in front of 30 onlookers, including their three-year-old child.

    Ruiz was holding a 1.5-inch thick hardcover encyclopedia in front of his chest to try to stop the bullet, but Perez fired the gun from around a foot away and the pojectile traveled through the book and into his body. The couple had a YouTube channel and hoped the stunt would increase its popularity. Ruiz reportedly told his aunt they wanted to perform the shooting “because we want more viewers, we want to get famous."

    Perez said she was reluctant to go through with it, but her boyfriend had been shooting books and showed her one that a bullet didn’t manage to penetrate—his way of convincing her it was safe.

    Under the terms of the plea bargain, Minnesota Judge Jeffrey Remick said Perez would serve a 180-day jail term. For the first six months, this will alternate between 10 days in jail and ten days free, amounting to 90 days of incarceration. The remaining 90 days can be served in home confinement. Perez will also serve ten years of supervised probation, is banned for life from owning firearms, and can make no financial gains from the case.

    The sentence was well below the maximum 10-years imprisonment the offense carries, but Norman County Attorney James Brue said: "The reality [is] that this foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned and executed by Pedro Ruiz, and the defendant wrongfully and tragically relied on his assurances that the stunt was safe."

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,904   +1,287

    As I have said before, being famous is overrated.

    I really do hope that she can turn her life around, not only for herself, but her child.
     
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  3. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 82   +58

    And the Darwin Award goes too.....
     
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +876

    You can't fix stupid!
     
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,636

    What a shame that Zuk wasn't the boyfriend .....
     
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  6. BGrant

    BGrant TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +27

    I wonder what would be the sentence had it be the other way around...
    There would be feminist marches and twitter hashtags all over the place.
     
  7. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 268   +148

    Hmmm let me try shooting a phone book to see if it will stop the bullet....nah I'm sure it will stop it.
     
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,448   +4,336

    This seems reasonable. It's an offense you can't overlook, but you know she didn't kill on purpose. She might not even been around a gun if it hadn't of been for the dumb_ss she was with. It was all his fault he died. If she hadn't of pulled the trigger, he would have found a way to do it with out her.
     
  9. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,217   +1,300

    Not him, sadly. She is already pregnant with his kid.
     
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,524   +1,059

    So this happened a long time ago, why is it news again? Because she actually went to jail?
     
  11. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 82   +58

    I'd say it was a joint effort, so the award goes to them both in my eyes! :) - Poor kid.
     
  12. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,217   +1,300

    Yeah, that kid is screwed. Even if the mom tries to get her life in order, not only does she have both the legal and mental weight of killing someone on her shoulders, but this IS the same woman who agreed to shoot the worlds most powerful pistol at her boyfriend for youtube views.

    Kid's not exactly working with the most intelligent genes in the universe.
     
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  13. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 82   +58

    Couldn't of said it better myself! I'm not completely cynical, I hope the best for the kid but the odds are stacked against him here...
     
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,198   +4,302

    There are countless gun channels on YouTube with people shooting things to test penetration. These dolts watched none of them....despite wanting to be YouTube stars.

    Darwin Award denied.

    But he did become a star.
     
  15. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 82   +58

    Yes shooting things that people aren't stood behind... Darwin Award accepted.
     
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,198   +4,302

    You can’t win a DA if you have kids. The deceased has two.

    Also, from 2015:


    All he had to do was search. And he'd be alive.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2018
  17. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    Want to be famous again? She should be a spokesperson for responsible gun owner campaign.
     
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  18. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,834   +1,378

    Time will tell, however, in this case, there was certainly the opportunity for her to learn a lesson.
     
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  19. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,502   +344

  20. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,904   +1,287

    Because the legal system takes a while.
     
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  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,981   +2,359

    What bloody gains could she possibly make from the case? She won't be able to upload the video anywhere, it would be banned right away.
     
  22. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 502   +271

    If only they had googled "How Much Paper Does It Take to Stop a .50-Cal Bullet?" an article from 2015, they could have avoided this stunt all together.

    For those curious, it would take more than 5 reams of paper.
     
  23. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 733   +246

    Natural selection at work...
     
  24. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 173   +61

    Wonder if the boyfriend ran more than one test and with the same gun
     
  25. B0NES

    B0NES TS Rookie

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