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UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

Posted: June 13, 2014 10:10 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2014 5:34 p.m.

Dino Guglielmelli

 

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who’s a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

Dino Roy Guglielmelli, 53, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday to deliver his decision on a plea deal offered by prosecutors.

Had he gone to trial and lost, he faced possible life behind bars.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole said she crafted the plea deal in consideration of the witnesses and, particularly, the intended murder victim, Guglielmelli’s wife, Monica, a model who owns her own line of cosmetics.

“She really wanted to get this over with,” Cole told The Signal Friday just minutes after her deal was accepted. “She is so overwhelmed right now.”

Television, magazine and newspaper reports — both hard copy and online, here and as far afield as England — have reported that the contract hit emerged from the jealous heart of a man with a gorgeous wife. But Cole said Friday those reports were untrue.

“This was all about the divorce,” she said of the motive for the attempted hit. “Unlike his other wives, she (Monica) was close to getting a lot of money and getting the children. He didn’t have control of the situation.”

Guglielmelli was arrested in October and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in December. Since then, reporters representing international TV and magazine outlets showed up at every minor and procedural court appearance he made.

The case threatened to turn into a “media circus,” Cole said.

Attempted hit
Guglielmelli approached his friend Richard Fuhrmann and proposed paying him $80,000 to kill his wife, according to information that came out during the defendant’s preliminary hearing.

“Fuhrmann hadn’t even talked to Monica,” Cole said.

“Nine years for someone who never had a prior conviction is appropriate considering the severity of the charge,” the prosecutor said of the plea deal. “I don’t know if he ever even had a speeding ticket.”

Had he not taken the deal, Guglielmelli would have been on trial for one count of attempted murder and one count of solicitation to commit a crime. And, had a jury found him guilty, he faced a possible sentence of life in prison.

The future for both Guglielmelli and his beautiful wife — each of whom had a successful career — looked promising when the couple settled in the Sand Canyon area of the Santa Clarita Valley four years ago.

Entrepreneur
Guglielmelli left his home in Sherman Oaks in the mid-’80s and moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in a bid to make a name for himself as the head of a natural products company.

He moved into an old section of Newhall on Arcadia Street and into a house that sat on 3,420 square feet of land.

In 1993 he launched Creation’s Garden, his natural products company. The business started in Newhall but grew and eventually moved to a location in the Valencia Industrial Center near Castaic Junction.

In 2010, after he married Monica Andreny, whose professional modeling name is Monica Olsen, the couple bought a house in Sand Canyon on MacMillan Ranch Road. The tree-shrouded home, valued at close to $1.42 million, sits on 6,784 square feet of land and backs onto Reynier Canyon.

His natural products company was booming.

Creation’s Garden was an organic health and beauty manufacturer that allowed customers to shop directly from its fulfillment center. According to the company’s website, it operated a laboratory on more than 165,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

In an interview with The Signal in December 2012, Guglielmelli said he originally intended to franchise the store, but its products couldn’t earn a certified organic label. Guglielmelli said he decided to make his own organic products.

He said opening his warehouse to customers allowed them to see first-hand the benefits of buying directly from the manufacturer.

“Basically, you can go through and pick your product — and it’s much cheaper than a retail facility,” he said in the December 2012 interview. “Employees take advantage of this already, so we decided to make it available to the public on a limited basis.”

Meanwhile, Guglielmelli’s wife was successful in her own right.

Modeling sensation
The world of modeling, movies and photography best knows Guglielmelli’s wife, Monica Andreny, by her professional name: Monica Olsen.

Andreny/Olsen grew up in Montreal, Canada, and began 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, in TV commercials and on the covers of Elle and Cosmopolitan magazines, 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.

Divorce threatened to dismantle all that Guglielmelli had accomplished, Cole said. Monica Olsen “already had her skin care company,” the prosecutor said. “This was all about the divorce.”

Creation’s Garden
Since his arrest on Oct. 3, 2013, Guglielmelli has remained in custody at Pitchess Detention Center’s North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on $10 million bail.

On Feb. 20 this year, Robinson Pharma Inc., a softgel manufacturer with additional experience with tablets, hard-shell capsules and packaging, acquired the assets of Creation’s Garden Natural Products Inc. at auction.

Items acquired included more than $8 million of finished goods; component and raw inventory, filling, mixing, packaging and support equipment, along with intellectual property and brand names.

Signal Business Editor Jana Adkins contributed to this report.
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