Woman who killed boyfriend in failed YouTube stunt sentenced to 180 days

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A woman has been jailed for shooting and killing her boyfriend in a botched YouTube "stunt" video.

The Star Tribune reports Perez earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors.

Judge Jeffrey Remick sentenced Monalisa Perez in Ada, Minn. on Wednesday. She will be able to serve the time in either Minnesota or South Dakota, where is now living. He said Perez would serve a 180-day jail term, alternating between 10 days in jail and 10 days out for the first six months, amounting to 90 days behind bars.

As part of her plea deal, Perez agreed to not seek financial gain from her case, and was banned from owning firearms.

She and Mr Ruiz had posted a series of almost 20 videos to YouTube featuring mostly harmless pranks: Mr Ruiz climbing a tree and falling from a branch, Perez feeding him a doughnut covered with talcum powder instead of powdered sugar, eating the world's spiciest pepper.

Monalisa Perez, 20, killed Pedro Ruiz at close range while he held a thick book in front of him.

He had experimented previously and thought the thick book would protect him, but the couple's three-year-old child and almost 30 onlookers watched as she fired a fatal bullet.

He had shown Perez another book he had shot and the bullet did not go all the way through.

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Police said the couple set up two cameras outside their Halstad home.

"The reality that this foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned, and executed by Pedro Ruiz", Norman County Attorney James Brue said, per the Star-Tribune.

Perez was pregnant with their second child at the time of the shooting.

Perez has a YouTube channel with many videos the couple made involving various stunts and pranks.

She said the man's response was: "We want more viewers". Authorities found Ruiz with a single gunshot wound to his chest and attempted to save his life, but he died at the scene.

The two ran a YouTube channel devoted to videos about their lives as young parents, as well as typical YouTube prank fare.

Perez had told investigators in the wake of the 26 June incident that Mr Ruiz had been "trying to get her" to fire the gun "for a while".

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