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A former "American Idol" contestant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute synthetic opioids after she was arrested on allegations of running drugs in Virginia has blamed the show for her downfall in her request for a reduced sentence. Antonella Barba, who competed on the sixth season of "American Idol" in but was eliminated before making it to the top 12, pleaded guilty to delivering grams of fentanyl , almost two pounds, to a drug-ring conspirator in Norfolk, Virginia. Barba "not so long ago stood poised on the brink of a promising career as an entertainer, perhaps even stardom. Now, that has all but evaporated," her lawyers said in documents filed on Nov. Barba, 32, was first arrested in October , released on bond, and then taken into custody in February on a federal charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute drugs, and one count of conspiracy, according to an indictment filed in the U. District Court Eastern District of Virginia. She is currently housed at a regional jail. Her lawyers argued in the recent filing that Barba's maximum sentence should be further reduced in part because she "led a life more typically characterized by her good works, her humility, and her devotion to her family and her faith" before her lack of success on "American Idol" derailed her life. The filing said Barba was a "perfectionist" growing up, and a letter from her mother said she spent hours studying and practicing the violin, and devoted her spare time to volunteering.
By Corazon Miller For Mailonline. Antonella Barba appears in a mugshot taken after she was arrested on suspicion of being involved in an eight-person drug ring. American Idol star Antonella Barba is blaming the talent show for her life's downward spiral from aspiring singer to a convicted criminal, as she faces a decade behind bars. The singer, 32, appeared on the singing competition in , where she sang her way into the Top 16, before being eliminated and going on to pursue a career in music in acting. Twelve years on it appears as if her dreams of making it big are all but over, after the singer, back in August, pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing fentanyl. Newly filed court documents, ahead of her sentencing tomorrow, point to the talent show's 'detrimental' impact on her life as a major factor in her downward spiral. The disgraced star caused some controversy during her time on the show in after racy pictures of her appeared online.
District Court, Norfolk, Virginia, during an hour-long hearing Thursday morning. According to the courtroom minutes, Barba was also ordered to undergo five years of supervised release once her sentence ends. The year-old singer, who grew up on the Jersey Shore, was first arrested on Duke Street in Norfolk in October 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.