'Saved by the Bell' star found guilty in Wisconsin bar stabbing charges

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Dustin Diamond Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Case


A Wisconsin jury late on Friday found actor Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy Screech in the early '90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell," not guilty of a felony charge stemming from the stabbing of a man during a Christmas bar fight, court records show.

After several hours of deliberation, jurors found Diamond, 38, not guilty of recklessly endangering public safety, but guilty on two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct over the Dec. 25 incident, Ozaukee County Circuit Court records showed. Diamond could be facing up to 11 years in prison.

The criminal complaint alleges that Diamond's fiancée, Amanda Schutz, 27, pushed a woman who was harassing her and Diamond on Christmas night at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee.

In a fight that ensued, Diamond stabbed a man with a switchblade, causing a wound that was not life-threatening, according to the complaint and to the police.

Schutz was also found guilty on a charge of disorderly conduct on Friday, according to court records.
An attorney for the couple could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday night.

Diamond, who lives in Port Washington, played socially awkward but brainy student Samuel "Screech" Powers, memorable for his dark and wiry hair, in "Saved by the Bell," which ran from 1989 to 1993.
Since then, he has had a number of smaller television roles and has made appearances on reality programs and game shows.

The couple is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25, according to court records.

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This Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," has been charged with stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar. (AP Photo/Ozaukee County Sheriff)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Dustin Diamond attends the sold-out opening performance of 'Bayside! The Musical!' at Theatre 80 St. Marks on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Dustin Diamond is evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios on September 6, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 06: Dustin Diamond 'Screech' celebrates his birthday by hosting The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Friday January 6, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 06: Dustin Diamond 'Screech' celebrates his birthday by hosting The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Friday January 6, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 21: Dustin Diamond joins the cast of 'The Awesome 80's Prom' at Webster Hall on May 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Pictured: (l-r) Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Ed Alonzo as Max, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Myrtle Spano, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Amanda Schutz attends her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond (L) waits for his status hearing with Amanda Schutz at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond, left, attends his status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond (L) waits for his status hearing with Amanda Schutz at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond (2R) and Amanda Schutz wait for Diamond's status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: Dustin Diamond (C) walks into the courthouse for a status hearing with Amanda Schutz at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond, leaves a courtroom after his status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: Dustin Diamond walks into the courthouse for a status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond (C) walks into a courtroom for his status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - DECEMBER 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond (L) waits with Amanda Schutz for his status hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on December 29, 2014 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 05: Dustin Diamond, left, enters the Courthouse for his preliminary hearing at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 5, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Amanda Schutz attends her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment, whilst his girlfriend Amanda Schutz makes her initial appearance at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
PORT WASHINGTON, WI - JANUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment at Ozaukee County Courthouse on January 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' was arrested for possession of a switchblade and charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct on December 26, 2014 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
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