Monalisa Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in the chest while the couple was attempting a YouTube stunt last June. The bullet went through the book and hit Ruiz in the chest; she called 911, but Ruiz died at the scene.
Ruiz had convinced Perez - who was 19 at the time and pregnant with his second child - the stunt would work.
Two cameras captured the tragic shooting outside the couple's home in Halstad a year ago.
The sentence could have been more severe, but Norman County Attorney James Brue said it fitted the circumstances for the 20-year-old mother.
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A deadly shooting that started as a YouTube prank resulted in an official criminal sentencing Wednesday.
'Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever, ' Perez wrote on Twitter prior to performing the stunt. She told them that Ruiz wanted to make a video of Perez shooting a book, while he held it in front of him because he believed the book would be thick enough to stop the bullet.
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. She also told her that the Ruiz family doesn't hate her, but a scoff could be heard from one of Ruiz's loved ones as she said those words, WDAY reported.
The sentence is below the usual minimum guidelines, but was allowed to stand on the grounds that the stunt was mostly Ruiz's idea.
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"HIS idea not MINE", she said.
Her YouTube channel remains active almost nine months after the shooting.
Their YouTube channel, which is still live, consists of videos showing the couple doing various pranks and stunts.
The Internet stunt was meant to rocket Pedro Ruiz III and his girlfriend to fame but ended in Ruiz's death. Between now and 2020, she must serve 30 days in jail each year by June 26, which is the anniversary of Ruiz's death. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it 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.
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