SAN FERNANDO ( — A Canyon Country businessman was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for trying to hire an associate to kill his wife.

Dino Guglielmelli, 53, pleaded no contest Friday to attempted murder for offering a friend $80,000 to kill his model-turned-businesswoman wife, Monica Andreny, in October 2013.

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Guglielmelli tried to arrange the hit after his wife filed for divorce.

The couple married in 2004 and has two daughters.

CBS2’s Randy Paige was in the courtroom when Andreny stood before Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash and made an emotional statement.

“I did not think I could gather the courage to be here today to face the man who was my husband, the man I once loved, and the father of my children. Ultimately, the man who wished to end my life,” Andreny  said.

She added: “I, too, was fooled by his charm, by his passion. He is very articulate, extremely intelligent and hard-working. Those are some of the attributes that I … that I married him for.”

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Andreny said she was only alive because of “an act of God.”

Paige reported that Guglielmelli agreed to the deal after prosecutors produced a secretly recorded audiotape between Guglielmelli and the would-be hit man.

Guglielmelli’s attorney, Anthony Brooklier, said his client pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree murder to avoid a possible life sentence.

Guglielmelli must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.

After credit for time served and with good behavior, he will serve at least seven of the nine years, making him 60 years old when he’s first eligible for parole.

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