'Screech' Gets 4 Months in Jail for Bar Fight

'Misty-eyed' Dustin Diamond is sentenced
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2015 10:27 AM CDT
Television actor Dustin Diamond, center, exits the courtroom in Port Washington, Wis., Friday night, May 29, 2015.   (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson)
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(Newser) – Dustin Diamond, perhaps better known as Saved by the Bell's Screech, was sentenced by a Wisconsin judge today to four months in jail for a barroom stabbing. Judge Paul Malloy also sentenced Diamond to 15 months' probation and ordered him to report to jail Sunday. Diamond was convicted earlier this month on two misdemeanor counts that stemmed from a Christmas Day barroom fight. The actor, appearing misty-eyed, left the courtroom without commenting. The 38-year-old was cleared of a felony charge last month after a three-day jury trial; the jury found him guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Diamond told jurors that he took out a knife that day to try to ward off people, including a woman who punched his girlfriend. He said he then accidentally stabbed a man during an altercation. Witnesses testified that Diamond's girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, pushed one woman at the bar and grabbed another woman's hand, initiating the bar fight. Schutz was also convicted of disorderly conduct last month and faces a maximum of 90 days in prison. Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said during the trial that Diamond lied about what happened and that the actor had scripted his testimony. Click for more on the strange incident.

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