The 20-year-old mother who shot and killed her boyfriend earlier this year during a YouTube stunt gone wrong has finally learned her fate. Monalisa Perez, who fired a shot that struck 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III in the chest, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter last week as part of a plea deal.
Perez, who is the mother of Ruiz’s first child and was pregnant with their second child at the time of the incident, was arrested for the shooting death in June.
The plea deal is expected to involve a sentence of 180 days in jail with an additional 10 years of probation. She will be allowed to serve the first half of her time in 30-day increments over the course of three years. The remainder of her jail time may be replaced with electronic home monitoring as long as she conforms to the terms of the deal.
If the case had gone to trial, Perez would have faced a maximum term of 10 years behind bars, should she have been found guilty.
During a 911 call following the shooting, Perez stated that Ruiz had asked her to shoot him with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle as he held an encyclopedia against his torso. While Perez managed to fire the bullet into the encyclopedia as requested, it blew through the book and fatally wounded Ruiz.
“We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong,” said Perez during the 911 call. “Please hurry up.”
The entire incident was captured by two cameras which were recording the stunt. According to the Daily Mail, the Minnesota police force that investigated the shooting do not intend to release the footage.
Aaliyah, the couple’s three-year-old daughter, was present during the shooting.
Before the shooting, Perez posted a message on Twitter, which said, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.”
An additional caveat of the plea deal is that Perez cannot profit from the video of the stunt gone wrong and is banned from possessing a firearm.
The plea deal has been approved by Ruiz’s family, and Perez is set to return to court for sentencing in February 2018.