Canyon Country Man Offered Deal In Murder For Hire Case
A Canyon Country man accused of trying to pay a man to have his wife killed was offered an undisclosed plea deal, officials said Tuesday.
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Dino Guglielmelli, 53, of MacMillan Ranch Road, is accused of trying to pay $80,000 to have his his wife, Monica Olsen, aka Monica Andreny, killed.
“The defendant has until June 9 to take the offer,” said Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole, who’s in charge of the case’s prosecution.
The man he’s accused of soliciting for the murder, Richard Fuhrmann, is a former business acquaintance of Guglielmelli’s who was working as a witness for the Sheriff’s Department when Fuhrmann recorded a discussion with Guglielmelli and discussing the alleged murder for hire.
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The case is expected to go to trial shortly thereafter if the defendant does not accept, Cole said, declining to mention the details of the deal because they weren’t discussed in open court.
Guglielmelli is due back in court on that date to announce his intention.
The trial has garnered international attention for the former CEO of Creation’s Garden, a multimillion-dollar vitamin supplement business.
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From an earlier story
Cole played a 14-minute excerpt from a 90-minute taped recording of an Oct. 1 meeting between the two.
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Cole’s questioning of Fuhrmann, who claimed he had lost “everything” since Guglielmelli’s arrest, explained their relationship as two business acquaintances whose friendship grew as Guglielmelli’s marriage continued to unravel.
Guglielmelli’s alleged resolve to kill his wife grew more impassioned after a domestic violence charge Guglielmelli filed against Andreny was dismissed, Fuhrmann said.
“He wanted specifically to know if I knew anyway to have her killed,” Fuhrmann said, during direct examination.
Upon cross-examination, Brooklier questioned Fuhrmann’s credibility, mentioning a letter Fuhrman sent to a divorce attorney for Andreny back in March 2012 expressing concern for the life of Guglielmelli’s wife, which Fuhrmann admitted sending.
Brooklier then brought up the fact that in a sworn deposition in August 2013, Fuhrmann characterized threats Guglielmelli made as “nothing more than an angry husband.”
During the taped conversation, Guglielmelli can be heard asking, “There’s no way for them to track it back to me?” referring to the pair’s alleged deal.
“I’ll be happy when it’s all over,” Guglielmelli said, on the tape.
After Fuhrmann expressed concern over his pay in the matter, Guglielmelli offered reassurance.
“You’re going to get paid,” Guglielmelli said. “Don’t worry about that -- I’ve got you covered.”
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Article: Canyon Country Man Offered Deal In Murder For Hire Case
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith