Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter after shooting her boyfriend while trying to film a stunt for their YouTube channel. Her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz was holding a thick book and asked Perez to shoot the book and thought the bullet wouldn’t pierce through it. However the bullet went through the book and killed Ruiz. The bullet struck him in the chest. The book Ruiz was holding was 1.5 inches thick and Perez shot him using a .50 caliber pistol. The incident was filmed and Perez told investigators that Ruiz had been asking her to fire the gun for a while. She shot him from only a foot away. Ruiz was only 22 years old and they had two children together. The plea agreement was to serve 180 days in jail with 10 years on supervised probation. Part of the agreement also included that Perez could not make money off the video and barred her from possessing firearms in the future. Other videos showed them filming pranks on each other. Their goal was to get more than $300,000 YouTube subscribers.
In Minnesota, Minnesota statute 609.205 governs second-degree manslaughter. The statute holds that a person who causes the death of another by any of the following means is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both:
(1) by the person’s culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another; or
(2) by accidentally shooting another with a firearm or other dangerous weapon as a result of negligently believing the other to be a deer or other animal; or
(3) by setting a spring gun, pit fall, deadfall, snare, or other like dangerous weapon or device; or
(4) by negligently or intentionally permitting any animal, known by the person to have vicious propensities or to have caused great or substantial bodily harm in the past, to run uncontrolled off the owner’s premises, or negligently failing to keep it properly confined; or
(5) by committing or attempting to commit a violation of section 609.378 (neglect or endangerment of a child), and murder in the first, second, or third degree is not committed thereby.
Had Perez been convicted at trial, she could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Perez would have pleaded guilty to subdivision one above because she was negligent by creating an unreasonable risk, and consciously took the chance of killing her boyfriend when she shot the gun.
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