‘American Idol’ alum Antonella Barba sentenced to 45 months in federal prison
Former “American Idol” contestant Antonella Barba has been sentenced to 45 months in federal prison for possession of nearly two pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl with intent to distribute it.
The sentence was handed down by Judge Arenda Wright Allen in U.S. District Court, Norfolk, Virginia, during an hour-long hearing Thursday morning.
Barba, 32, was one of the top 16 contestants on the sixth season of “American Idol” in 2007 before she was eliminated. She also appeared on “Fear Factor” in 2012.
According to courtroom minutes, Barba was also ordered to undergo five years of supervised release once her sentence ends. Her father, Vincenzo Barba, was the only witness identified in the minutes.
The singer, who grew up on the Jersey Shore, was first arrested on Duke Street in Norfolk in October 2018.
According to a statement of facts filed in connection with Barba’s July guilty plea, investigators had been tracking Justin Michael “Cali” Isaac of California, believing he “was a source for kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin.”
On Oct. 11, 2018, investigators found out Isaac was heading to a “stash” apartment in Norfolk from Washington, D.C. Then they listened in on a phone call in which Isaac said he was sending a woman to deliver drugs, according to the statement of facts.
Investigators staking out the apartment found Barba there in a car. A shoebox of fentanyl was on the front passenger floor, according to the statement.
Isaac and several other defendants were also were named in the same federal indictment as Barba.
Barba is due to serve 3 years, 9 months on paper, but she has a chance to end up serving a little under two years.
Randall Leeman, one of Barba’s attorneys, said she has about three months credit for time served.
While the federal prison system abolished parole long ago, prisoners can get a 15 percent reduction of their term for good behavior…….read more
Source: USA Today