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Entertainment 'American Idol' alum Antonella Barba's struggles detailed in court documents ahead of sentencing

18:13  19 november  2019
18:13  19 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Antonella Barba is facing up to 71 months in federal prison, according to court documents . © File photo Antonella Barba of Point . Pleasant on " American Idol ." The drug has claimed the lives of thousands of Americans . In their argument for a sentence of as low as three years, Barba' s attorney

Former " American Idol " contestant Antonella Barba was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to 10 drug charges back in July, per

Driven and intensely devoted, Antonella Barba was a perfectionist: hours of violin practice at the age of 4, near perfect grades in high school, all-nighters studying architecture in college.

Antonella Barba holding a sign: Antonella Barba of Point . Pleasant on © File photo Antonella Barba of Point . Pleasant on "American Idol."

And it was that drive that led the young Point Pleasant woman to the world’s stage for a few weeks in 2007 when Barba became a sensation on one of the country’s most popular television shows.

But signs of trouble turned up in the "American Idol" alumna.

Barba suffered from bipolar disorder and other mental health problems throughout her life, according to a court document.

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Former " American Idol " contestant Antonella Barba was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute. But Barba can also reduce her sentence by an additional year if she successfully completes a 500-hour residential drug treatment program that the

' American Idol ' alum Antonella Barba' s struggles detailed in court documents ahead of sentencing . American Idol ' s Antonella Barba — Who Blames Show For Drug Trafficking – Sentenced to 45 Months. Meredith Videos via Yahoo News.

And she also suffered from her success on the "American Idol" singing competition show.

Antonella Barba with collar shirt: Antonella Barba, a Point Pleasant native who sang on © Norfolk (Virginia) Sheriff's Office, Antonella Barba, a Point Pleasant native who sang on "American Idol" in 2007, was arrested for allegedly selling heroin in Virginia last week.

“The world intruded and interrupted her … dream of a career in architecture,” her mother, Valerie Barba, wrote in a letter to the court. And that, Barba’s mother continued, is “where it all went wrong.”

That complex picture of the 32-year-old Barba emerged as she is about to be sentenced to federal prison, scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia. Authorities found nearly two pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl in her rented car in October 2018. The drug has claimed the lives of thousands of Americans.

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Antonella Barba, a fan favorite on season six of American Idol , who was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia, last October on a felony charge of heroin distribution, has been named in a new indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

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In their argument for a sentence of as low as three years, Barba's attorney has included excerpts from letters written to the court by family and friends.

Barba's life was a straight upward line of achievement from when she was a 4-year-old violinist to her attendance at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

While at college, Barba continued to sharpen her skills as a musician, trying out for "American Idol" with a friend.

At 19 in March 2007, she made it to the top 16 in Season 6 of "American Idol."

But after "American Idol," things deteriorated for Barba,

She continued her studies and graduated from Catholic University.

But a move to Hollywood to continue her career as an entertainer “was a recipe for disaster,” a friend only identified as K.J. wrote. When Barba could not “achieve the results she wanted, it was devastating to her.”

Antonella Barba wearing a blue screen: Former © Greg L'Heureux, XXX NONE Former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba was arrested for distribution of heroin in New Jersey Thursday, according to the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. Here, the singer performs on "American Idol" February 21, 2007.

But that followed a pattern, friends and family said.

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The American Idol alum was booked in Virginia on Friday for allegedly trying to distribute heroin, ET confirms. She' s being held in jail without bond, and has a court date set for Monday. Barba is best known for appearing on season six of American Idol in 2007.

"In reality, because she functioned at a high-level with such single-mindedness, and was so hard on herself, other shortcomings were masked," wrote her friend, K.J. "If her successes weren't big enough by her standards, she overworked herself. Antonella drove herself relentlessly to accomplish her goal and then (fell) apart."

Things didn't pan out for Barba in Hollywood.

In 2018, Barba was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and narcissistic personality disorder, according to a court document.

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American Idol alum Antonella Barba is making headlines for something other than her voice. Barba was scheduled to go to court Monday in Norfolk, according to the local Virginian-Pilot. Since Idol , Barba has appeared in a 2012 episode of Fear Factor and has acted in several short films.

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"To many, including her mother, these diagnoses were like finding the lost piece of a puzzle," her attorney, James O. Broccoletti, wrote in the court filing.

In July, Barba pleaded guilty to one count of possession of more than 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute it, a charge that carries up to a life sentence.

Federal prosecutors are seeking a term of between 57 and 71 months – nearly five years – citing federal guidelines.

Antonella Barba holding a sign posing for the camera: Former © Jemal Countess, Getty Images Former "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba was arrested for distribution of heroin in New Jersey Thursday, according to the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. Here, the singer poses on the red carpet at the Cherry Lane Music Publishing's 50th Anniversary celebration on May 19, 2010 in New York City.

But Barba’s attorneys are calling for a sentence to between 37 and 46 months, saying Barba was a bit player — a courier — in a much wider drug trafficking conspiracy.

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