American Idol Former star, Antonella Barba pleads guilty to possession of drugs with intent to distribute, faces 10 years in jail

Reality star and singer, Antonella Barba of “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” fame will likely spend at least a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of at least 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

The guilty plea carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court. She could face a possible life sentence and up to $10 million in fines, as well as asset forfeiture, according to the agreement.

The 32-year-old singer was first arrested on Duke Street in Norfolk in October 2018. She originally was charged with selling or intending to sell 100 grams or more of heroin, according to Virginia court records. She denied the initial charges.  

Those state charges were later supplanted by federal charges of possession with intent and conspiracy, according to court records. The statement of facts filed in connection with the plea agreement, investigators had been tracking Justin Michael “Cali” Isaac of California, believing he “was a source for kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin.”


Barba was one of the top 16 contestants on the singing competition’s sixth season in 2007 before she was eliminated. She also appeared on “Fear Factor” in 2012. Barba had been confined to a family home in Point Pleasant under court order.

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