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Deal offered in Guglielmelli case

Former SCV businessman accused of attempting to hire hit man to slay wife

Posted: May 27, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Dino Roy Guglielmelli

 

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife was offered a plea deal by prosecutors Tuesday and has until early June to consider the offer, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Dino Roy Guglielmelli, 52, who ran a now-defunct natural products company, has remained behind bars since October with bail set at $10 million.

He appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court for a pre-trial conference when news of the proposed deal emerged.

“In open court, an offer had been made,” said District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago on Tuesday. “And the case was then put over for two weeks so that the defense can consider the offer.”

Guglielmelli has until June 9 to weigh the terms of the deal. On that day, his jury trial is scheduled to get under way.

Conditions of the proffered deal were not disclosed, Santiago said.

In the criminal complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office, prosecutors accuse Guglielmelli of the “attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder” of his wife, Monica Andreny, who also goes by Monica Olsen.

The complaint also alleges he “did unlawfully and with the intent that the crime be committed, solicit another, to wit, Richard Fuhrmann, to commit and join in the commission of the murder of Monica Andreny.”

A 20-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, Guglielmelli started a natural products company in 1993 called Creation’s Garden. The business started in Newhall and moved to a location in the Valencia Industrial Center near Castaic Junction.

Guglielmelli was arrested Oct. 3 on suspicion of attempted murder, according to records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In December, he entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts — attempted murder and solicitation of murder.

Guglielmelli remains in custody at the Pitchess Detention Center’s North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on $10 million bail.

Monica Andreny — aka Monica Olsen — grew up in Montreal, Canada, and modeling at age 14. In 2002, after moving from New York City to Los Angeles to pursue a movie career, she appeared as an extra in the film “The Hot Chick” starring Rachel McAdams and Rob Schneider.

She has appeared on billboards, TV commercials and on the magazine covers of Elle and Cosmopolitan, according to her biography posted on the gaming website ign.com

About five years ago, she started her own cosmetic line: Skin by Monica Olsen.

In 2010, she and husband Guglielmelli bought a house in Sand Canyon on Macmillan Ranch Road.

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