Judge Jeffrey Remick, of Minnesota state in the United States of America, yesterday sentenced a YouTube prankster, Monalisa Perez, to six months in prison for shooting her boyfriend in a botched video stunt they hoped would go viral.
Instead of the bullet lodging in the book as planned, it accidentally passed through, killing 22-year-old Ruiz in front of the couple's three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers at the pair's Halstad home.
The couple's YouTube channel had 218 subscribers at the time and included pranks like Perez feeding Ruiz donuts covered in baby powder.
The fatal shooting was captured on two cameras that had been set up to record the stunt. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. She was spirited away by her family after the hearing before reporters could ask questions.
On the day of the shooting, Perez tweeted that she and Ruiz were "probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever". In June of past year, the couple thought up a stunt in which Perez would shoot Ruiz while he held a book; he thought the book would stop the bullet, BuzzFeed News reports.
Also, Perez can not "make any financial compensation" from the recording of Ruiz's death and is "banned from possessing firearms for the rest of her life", according to the plea deal.
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The "Pelicans" payed homage to the former New Orleans Minor League Baseball team which resided in the city from 1865 to 1977. Under his ownership, the franchise went on to see much success , including an improbable Super Bowl victory in 2009.
A few hours before the incident, Perez also tweeted that they were about to do their most risky stunt ever, adding that it was Ruiz's idea. He thought the 1.5in (4cm) book he was holding in front of his chest would stop the bullet from hitting him.
"HIS idea not MINE", Perez tweeted just hours before the incident.
Norman County Attorney James Brue says Perez tragically relied on Ruiz's assurances before pulling the trigger.
According to the woman, the whole YouTube stunt was her boyfriend's idea and that she agreed to do it after the man reassured her that it's totally safe.
The channel remains live and has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death. Please hurry up, ' Perez told the 911 dispatcher in June 2017.
Perez can not "make any financial compensation" from the recording of Ruiz's death, according to the Star Tribune.