In a rare freak accident, a US woman killed her boyfriend while filming of a YouTube stunt. The woman has pleaded guilty. The 20 year old has 2 kids and is a resident of Minnesota. The incident that landed the woman in jail was a poorly planned YouTube stunt, wherein the woman had to shoot her boyfriend and while he shielded himself from the bullet with a thick book.
Media reports suggest that Monaliza Perez who pleaded guilty in the previous week will need to serve a six-month term on the charges of second-degree manslaughter.
The incident occurred in June this year when Perez was recording the stunt along with Pedro Ruiz, aged 22 for their YouTube channel. Ruiz persuaded Perez to fire the bullet from a close range, while he tried to protect himself with a thick book close to his chest, thinking that the book with shield him from the bullet, police said.
Before the act, Perez tweeted that he and Pedro were about to shoot a dangerous act, something they had never done before. She also mentioned that it was his (Perez) idea and not hers.
While the cameras rolled, Perez fired the bullet, piercing the book and hitting Ruiz fatally. Ruiz died on the spot.
As agreed by Perez with her prosecutors, she will be serving a three-month term in jail with a one month increment in a span of 3 years and will face house arrest for the other 3 month period, as reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The formal sentence will take place in February and while Perez has agreed to her term of six months, the Judge hearing the sentence is at the liberty to grant a longer sentence, ignoring the original sentence of 6 months.
Perez can use her right to retract her guilty plea and opt for going to trial.