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Plea deal deadline arrives in murder-for-hire case

Canyon Country man accused of attempted murder of wife must decide today on offer from prosecution

Posted: June 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Dino Roy Guglielmelli

 

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife is expected to announce his decision today about a plea deal offered to him by prosecutors.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole offered a deal to Dino Roy Guglielmelli, 52, last week in exchange for his plea in the alleged murder-for-hire plot.

The prosecutor would not reveal details of the proposed deal.

However, Guglielmelli, who ran a now-defunct natural products company, faces felony charges with serious consequences should he be found guilty.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Guglielmelli is charged with “attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder” and that he did “unlawfully and with malice aforethought attempt to murder Monica Andreny.”

The crime of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.

The other charge filed against him by prosecutors is “solicitation of murder,” which carries a maximum of nine years in state prison.

Prosecutors allege Guglielmelli tried to hire Richard Fuhrmann to murder his wife, Monica Andreny.

The world of modeling, movies and photography knows Monica Andreny better 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, 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.

Success

In 2010, she and husband Guglielmelli bought a house in Sand Canyon on Macmillan Ranch Road. The tree-shrouded house, valued at close to $1.42 million, sits on 6,784 square feet and backs onto Reynier Canyon.

In 1996, before they were a couple, Guglielmelli lived in a house half that size in an old section of Newhall on Arcadia Street. That house sat on 3,420 square feet.

But from the time Guglielmelli left his home in Sherman Oaks in the mid-’80s and moved to the Santa Clarita Valley, he made a name for himself and built a successful business.

In 1993 he started a natural products company called Creation’s Garden. The business started in Newhall but grew and eventually 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.

Since then he has remained in custody at Pitchess Detention Center’s North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on $10 million bail.

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

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