Organic Supplement Magnate Gets 9 Years For Plotting To Kill Model Wife
A 53-year-old man who ran an organic dietary supplement company was sentenced to nine years in prison today for attempting to hire a hit man to off his estranged wife for $80,000.
Dino Guglielmelli of Canyon Country was arrested in October after he asked his friend Richard Fuhrmann to kill Monica Olsen, his 32-year-old wife, a former runway model, and mother of his two children. Fuhrmann secretly recorded a conversation of Guglielmelli arranging the murder, the L.A. Times reported. In the recording, which was played during the preliminary hearing, Furhmann asked Guglielmelli what his two young daughters would do without their mother, to which Guglielmelli replied, "They're totally fine. All they need is their dad."
Guglielmelli pleaded no contest on Friday for attempted murder, and faced his sentencing at the L.A. Superior Court, according to City News Service.
Olsen said that this was "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's attorney, Anthony Brooklier, said outside of the court that his client "feels terrible about what happened" and noted that he hadn't had any other charges besides a traffic ticket in the past.
The couple married in 2004 and were in the midst of a nasty divorce. They were fighting over custody of their children and money. Guglielmelli was a millionaire who ran a dietary supplement company until he filed for bankruptcy while he was in custody, the Daily Mail reported. He's been given 258 days of credit in jail because of the eight months he was put in custody because prosecutors found that he had wired $4.4 million out of his account with plans flee the country.
His wife had left her runway career to create a successful line of skincare products. On the website of Guglilmelli's company, Creation's Garden, his bio noted that he had been "introduced to natural products at an early age by his father a farmer who believed in organic farming."
Also, there was this: "Today Dino Guglielmelli continues to lead his entire company by example, where everyone strives for a commitment to both quality and exceptional customer service, continuous improvement and a hard work ethic."