Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

YouTuber jailed after shooting boyfriend dead in failed prank

YouTuber jailed after shooting boyfriend dead in failed prank

Paulita Ruiz skipped her prepared statement Wednesday, March 14, and told the woman who shot and killed her nephew in a YouTube stunt gone wrong that she should've known better.

The prankster who talked his girlfriend into the stunt was Pedro Ruiz III, 22.

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.

"This comes from the heart, where you shot him", she said during Monalisa Perez's sentencing at the Norman County Courthouse.

A deadly shooting that started as a YouTube prank resulted in an official criminal sentencing Wednesday.

The pair had filmed several YouTube videos in the run up to the accident, and Perez tweeted prior to filming that: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever". She was also banned from owning firearms for life, and placed on supervised probation for 10 years.

"We had talked about this resolution (with Ruiz's relatives), and they indicated they were in support of it", Brue added.

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Perez had previously experimented and thought that the thick book would protect him.

"The reality 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", Brue told the Star Tribune.

Perez tweeted that it was her boyfriend's idea before they attempted the stunt.

The sentence is below the usual minimum guidelines, but was allowed to stand on the grounds that the stunt was mostly Ruiz's idea.

On that day Perez fired a powerful Desert Eagle handgun from close range, as Ruiz held an encyclopaedia in front of his chest.

Perez's YouTube channel, which has 25,700 subscribers, shows her life with Ruiz in Halstad, Minn., and their various pranks and stunts.

The channel remains live and has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death. In one such video taken at a fair, Ruiz talks excitedly about someday reaching 300,000 followers. 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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