Antonella Barba pleaded guilty a charge of posessing and distributing fentanyl and now faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the former “American Idol” contestant reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Virginia in a case stemming from her arrest last year.
In pleading guilty, Barba faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, a possible forfeiture of assets, and five years of supervised police.
In reality, it is likely she will receive a much lighter sentence.
Barba will be sentenced on November 21, 2019.
Barba was allegedly one of several members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads, Virginia from late 2017 through the fall of 2018.
According to the indictment, Barba was attempting to deliver approximately 830.8 grams of fentanyl on the day of her arrest. She also had an additional 400 grams of a “mixture or substance” containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.
Barba was bailed out of jail by her father and has been under home detention with electronic monitoring ever since.
Antonella Barba appeared on the sixth season of “American Idol” and made it into the Top 16 (Jordin Sparks eventually took home the crown). During her run on the show, racy photos of her appeared online, including wet T-shirt pics of her posing in the fountain of the National World War II Memorial.
She was also charged in 2010 with shoplifting after she allegedly walked off with less than $20 worth of goods from an Urban Outfitters in New York City.