Death of Pedro Ruiz III
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The Death of Pedro Ruiz III refers to the controversy surrounding the death of the YouTuber after being shot by his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, while filming a stunt for YouTube. Perez later pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
On June 26th, 2017, YouTuber Monalisa Perez announced on Twitter  that she and her boyfriend and video-producing partner, Pedro Ruiz III, would be performing a new stunt for their channel, La Monalisa. The two ran the channel together, posting stunts, which were generally non-violent. She tweeted, "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever😳😳 HIS idea not MINE🙈." As of December 2017, the tweet (shown below) has received more than 3,100 retweets and 3,300 likes.
Later that night, Perez shot Ruiz while performing a stunt where in which she would fire a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun at him, while he held a hardcover encyclopedia in front of his chest. The book, he believed, would stop the bullet. However, it did not work, and Ruiz was killed.
On December 15th, 2017, Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. The plea agreement requires that she serve 180 days in jail and spend 10 years on supervised probation. The sentence was to be carried out over three years with Perez spending 30 days in prison each year, followed by a six-month in-home jail sentence with electronic home monitoring. In addition, she is barred from making money off the video of the shooting and owning a handgun for the rest of her life.
On June 22nd, 2018, the Norman County Prosecutor released a video and transcript of the video, showing Perez crying and pleading not to shoot her boyfriend prior to his death.
Monalisa Perez: "I can't do it babe. I'm so scared. Babe if I kill you what's going to happen to my life? Like, no this isn’t okay… I don’t want to be responsible"
Many news outlets covered the killing of Ruiz, including The Washington Post, Gizmodo, Time, NBC and more.
Guns vs. Books Videos
Following Ruiz's death, many gun-related YouTube channels began posting videos of what happens when a .50 Calliber Desert Eagle is fired at a book (examples below).
 Twitter – @MonalisaPerez5's Tweet
 Valley News – STUNT GONE WRONG: Pregnant girlfriend shoots and accidentally kills boyfriend
 The New York Times – Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Pleads Guilty
 The Washington Post – He thought a book would stop a bullet. Now his girlfriend is going to jail for killing him.
 Gizmodo – Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter After Shooting Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Gone Wrong
 Time via Wayback Machine – Woman Who Shot and Killed Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
 NBC – Woman pleads guilty in fatal shooting of boyfriend in failed YouTube stunt
 YouTube – LaMonalisa
Dec 22, 2017 at 08:05AM EST
Dec 24, 2017 at 05:41AM EST
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