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Businessman Who Wanted Wife Dead Gets Nine Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Shuster, City News Service   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 02:08

A Canyon Country businessman who was taped offering an associate $80,000 to kill his model-turnedbusinesswoman wife has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Dressed in orange jail garb, handcuffed and shackled, Dino Guglielmelli, 53, appeared emotionless as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lloyd M. Nash handed down the sentence in the San Fernando courthouse on Wednesday, June 18, 85 percent of which must be served before he can be considered for parole.

In tears, his ex-wife, Monica Olsen, said that Wednesday had been “the most physical and painful day of my life ... to face the man I once loved, the father of my children who ultimately wanted to end my life.”

Guglielmelli, who never turned to look at his ex-wife in court pleaded no contest on June 13 to attempted murder for offering a former friend working for police money to kill his wife.

Defense attorney Anthony Brooklier, speaking outside court, said his client “feels terrible about what happened,” adding that “this is a man who hasn’t been charged with anything past a traffic ticket.”

“To a certain extent, this is a set up,” Brooklier said. The informant posing as a hit man, “egged him on,” he said.

The couple, who married in 2004, has two preteen girls.

A d d r e s s i n g the court, Olsen said her husband had “sought to destroy me ... and while I still fear for my safety ... I forgive him, but I will never forget.”

Guglielmelli was given credit for 258 days in jail and served with a protective order that requires him to stay away from his ex-wife for 10 years.

He tried to arrange the killing after his wife filed for divorce. In a telephone call recorded Oct. 1, 2013, he offered $80,000 to have her killed, according to authorities.

At one point, Guglielmelli was asked if he was 100 percent sure he wanted his wife dead.

“One hundred percent? Why wouldn't I?” Guglielmelli replied.

Brooklier said “sometimes people say things they don’t mean in divorces. Emotions run high and sometimes we have to pay for the things we say.”

Guglielmelli ran a successful dietary supplement company while Olsen was a top model and actress who went on to specialize in skin care.