Dustin Diamond enters court at Ozaukee County Justice
Center with his fiance, Amanda Schutz, Thursday, June
25, 2015, in Port Washington, Wis. Diamond, who played
Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the
Bell," was sentenced to four months in jail for a
barroom stabbing on Christmas Day.
WASHINGTON — Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the
1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," apologized
Thursday for his part in a Wisconsin barroom stabbing before
being sentenced to serve 4 months in jail.
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.
appearing misty-eyed, left the courtroom without commenting.
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.
the sentence "has to send a message to the community
that we're just not going to live like this."
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
sincerely apologize to everyone involved," Diamond said
at the hearing Thursday. "This was the single most
terrifying experience of my life ... This is all I've been
able to think about for the last six months."
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 Malloy fined her $500.
County District Attorney Adam Gerol said during the trial
that Diamond lied about what happened and that the actor had
scripted his testimony.
showed body-camera footage of Diamond's statements 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
Washington is 25 miles north of Milwaukee.
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