TV actor Dustin Diamond gets 4 months jail for stabbing

Jury Reaches Verdict In 'Saved By The Bell' Actor's Stabbing Trial

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge sentenced TV actor Dustin Diamond on Thursday to 4 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.

Diamond, appearing misty-eyed, left the courtroom without commenting.

Diamond is best known for his role as Screech on TV comedy "Saved by the Bell."

The 38-year-old actor 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.

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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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The actor 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.

Gerol showed body-camera footage of Diamond's testimony to a Port Washington police officer the night of the fight. In the video, Diamond first said he might have struck the man with a pen. In a video of testimony later that night, Diamond said he had a knife at the bar, but hadn't used it to stab anyone.

Port Washington is 25 miles north of Milwaukee.

Since his role on the popular 1990s TV show about Bayside High School students, Diamond has been sued several times for delinquent taxes and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payments. He has appeared on reality TV shows, made a sex tape and most recently produced a tell-all documentary on Lifetime TV called "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story."



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