Girlfriend in video stunt killing jailed for 6 months

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A USA woman who shot her boyfriend dead in a YouTube prank gone wrong has been sent to prison for six months.

The stunt that killed him last June in Halstad involved Perez shooting a powerful handgun at a thick, hardcover book held to his chest, believing that it would stop the bullet.

In June 2017, Perez killed Ruiz, 22, in their home in Minnesota by firing a.50-calibre Desert Eagle pistol at him.

However, Paulita Ruiz, who said she's forgiven Perez, faulted her for failing to apologize to the family. The clip was filmed by two cameras and the couple's three-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting.

Norman County Attorney James Brue said Monday, "I expect her to be sentenced with what is outlined" in the plea agreement.

However, on Wednesday, the judge decided that the woman did not intentionally murder her boyfriend and that he was merely the aftermath of a miscalculate and idiotic prank.

A few hours before the incident, Perez tragically tweeted: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most risky videos ever".

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According to the Star Tribune, Perez pleads guilty and on top of her 180-day sentence she also received a lifetime ban possessing a firearm or receiving payment for telling this story.

"We had talked about this resolution (with Ruiz's relatives), and they indicated they were in support of it", Brue added.

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

"HIS idea not MINE", she said. An aunt of Ruiz told WDAY-TV she questioned him about the motive behind performing such a stunt and he responded that it was exclusively to attract a YouTube audience.

The couple had recorded a number of YouTube videos together, featuring them doing stunts and completing challenges. The channel remains live almost nine months since the shooting and it has drawn millions of views since Ruiz's death. The state has been experimenting with allowing judges to make the call, and The Forum joined with other news outlets in asking for access.

Ruiz's aunt, Paulita Ruiz, told Perez during the sentencing on March 14 that she was at fault for ending her nephew's life.

The prosecution took the stance that Perez was not fully responsible for the death.