Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, in Halstad last June. She'll serve an additional 10 years of probation.
Judge Jeffrey Remick sentenced Monalisa Perez in Ada, Minn. on Wednesday.
Perez now lives in South Dakota and will be allowed to serve her sentence in a jail there.
Brue said he is satisfied that the sentence holds her accountable for "culpable negligence that led to the tragic and completely avoidable death". Perez, standing barely a foot away, squeezed off a shot from a.50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, to see whether the bullet would go through the book.
A judge in the U.S. state of Minnesota sentenced a YouTube prankster to six months in prison on Wednesday (Mar 14) for fatally shooting her boyfriend in a botched video stunt they hoped would go viral.
According to the criminal complaint, Perez told authorities Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a bullet into a book he was holding against his chest. "It's all on recording".
Perez has a YouTube channel with videos the couple made of various stunts and pranks.
Hours before the shooting, Perez tweeted: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most unsafe videos ever".
The couple's YouTube channel is still active and its videos have accumulated 5.3 million views.
Remick explained in a rare weekend court filing that he was saying no to the Star Tribune and the Fargo Forum newspapers, and television stations WDAZ in Grand Forks and KSTP in the Twin Cities because the case involves domestic violence, and out of his concern that the cameras would inhibit Ruiz's loved ones from making victim impact statements and keep Perez from "fully engaging" in whatever she might say during sentencing.
The judge added that along with the law, he was guided by "common decency and old-fashioned common sense" in not letting the media take advantage of "that infamy" that befell Ruiz and Perez because of "an ill-conceived video stunt".