A 20-year-old Minnesota woman whose quest for world wide web fame took a tragic turn when she fatally shot her boyfriend in the course of a stunt apparently intended for YouTube has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
In June, the lady, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minn., shot at a thick book that her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, was holding, apparently believing that the bullet would not make it through the volume.
But the bullet went by means of the book and entered Mr. Ruiz’s chest, fatally wounding the 22-year-old man. More than the subsequent numerous days, Ms. Perez and the YouTube videos she had previously posted with her boyfriend garnered much consideration — but not for the reasons she had hoped.
On Friday, Ms. Perez entered her guilty plea, according to court records. Regional media reports stated that a plea agreement referred to as for Ms. Perez to serve 180 days in jail and spend 10 years on supervised probation, although The Pioneer Press said a judge would have the final say on her sentence.
Reports also mentioned that the plea agreement prevented Ms. Perez from creating income off the video of the shooting and also barred her from possessing firearms for the rest of her life.
Prosecutors count on her to be sentenced in February. Had she been convicted of second-degree manslaughter at trial, Ms. Perez could have faced up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.
Alternatively, The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that Ms. Perez would go to jail for 30 days every single year for the subsequent 3 years and then turn out to be eligible to serve the rest of her six-month jail term on electronic property monitoring.
James Brue, the Norman County lawyer, did not return emails or phone calls searching for comment on Tuesday night. The lawyer listed in court documents as representing Ms. Perez also could not be reached.
More than the course of several weeks last spring and summer time, Ms. Perez and Mr. Ruiz filmed at least 18 videos of mostly harmless pranks that offered a window into the young couple’s budding life together. Those videos — of Mr. Ruiz climbing onto a tree branch and falling, for instance, or of Ms. Perez feeding her boyfriend a doughnut covered in child powder rather than powdered sugar — were then posted on a YouTube channel.
In 1, Ms. Perez and her boyfriend dreamed out loud about what it would be like for them to grow to be YouTube stars with much more than 300,000 subscribers.
“The larger we get, I’ll be throwing parties,” Mr. Ruiz said. “Why not?”
Then came the stunt that went horribly wrong.
On the evening of June 26, Ms. Perez told investigators that she shot Mr. Ruiz from about a foot away while he held a 1.5-inch-thick book to his chest. She described utilizing a firearm that matched the gun discovered at the scene — a gold Desert Eagle .50-caliber pistol.
Mr. Ruiz had been “trying to get her” to fire the gun “for a while,” Ms. Perez told investigators, according to court documents. They state that he had set up 1 camera on the back of a car and an additional on a ladder to capture the stunt.
To support persuade her to pull the trigger, Mr. Ruiz had even shown Ms. Perez a book that he had previously shot himself, she told investigators. In that case, she mentioned, the bullet had not gone all the way by means of the text.
“I actually have no thought what they have been pondering,” Sheriff Jeremy Thornton of Norman County stated in a earlier interview. “I just do not realize the younger generation on trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.”
Published at Wed, 20 Dec 2017 03:47:55 +0000