Wannabe YouTube star jailed for shooting boyfriend to death in botched stunt

Monalisa Perez shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz in June last year.
Monalisa Perez shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz in June last year. Photo credit: Youtube

A wannabe YouTube star who killed her boyfriend when she shot him in a botched prank has been jailed. 

Monalisa Perez, 20, was jailed for six months after she pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for killing her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz in their Minnesota home in June last year, The Telegraph reports. 

Mr Ruiz, 22, reportedly wanted Perez to shoot him in the chest in a stunt that was supposed to make the pair famous.

His plan was to survive the stunt by placing a 3.8cm (1.5inch) book between his chest and the gun, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Perez was pregnant with the couple's second child at time, standing a foot away when she fired the fatal shot from a .50- calibre Desert Eagle.

Perez has been jailed for six months.
Perez has been jailed for six months. Photo credit: Youtube

The couple set up two GoPro cameras to capture the moment which was watch by 30 onlookers, including the couple's three-year-old son.

Video of the tragedy was seized by the police as evidence.

Prosecutors said Perez was guilty of "culpable negligence that led to the tragic and completely avoidable death", The Star Tribune reported.

She will serve her prison sentence in 10-day increments over three years. The final three months of her sentence will be served at home as part of her plea agreement.

Perez also has to remain on supervised probation for 10 years, and is banned from owning firearms and financially profiting from the video.