Former “American Idol” contestant Antonella Barba, 32, was sentenced on Thursday to 45 months in federal prison.
Barba pled guilty in July to possession and conspiracy to distribute nearly two pounds of fentanyl. She was arrested in October 2018. According to court documents, Barba claimed that she played a small role in what turned out to be a large drug conspiracy that was active in Virginia for over a year.
Barba’s legal team attempted to blame “American Idol” for such a big change in her life that eventually made her turn to crime. She was one of the top 16 contestants during the shows sixth season in 2007.
Her mother says that after Barba was voted out of the show in 2007, “it was devastating to her.” Her mother claims that the negative experience of losing out on her dream of fame caused her to turn to crime.
Barba was allegedly told by a man to transport about 830 grams of fentanyl to someone. Police were tipped off to the delivery and found the drugs in Barba’s car. She had enough fentanyl to kill 415,000 people.
Barba also faced a felony marijuana case in Kansas. She was arrested for shoplifting in New York City in 2011