Dustin Diamond, AKA Screech, Is Going To Jail For Stabbing A Guy
The former child star who played Screech in “Saved By the Bell” was sentenced to 4 months in jail for stabbing someone in a bar fight.
Actor Dustin Diamond was also given 15 months’ probation after he was convicted earlier this month on two misdemeanor counts from the fight, which happened on Christmas Day last year in Port Washington, Wis., according to The Associated Press. Upon sentencing, the 38-year-old actor was said to be misty-eyed and left the courtroom without comment.
Diamond was cleared of a felony charge in a three-day trial last month, but the judge still found him guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. His girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, also faces a maximum of 90 days in jail for disorderly conduct after witnesses testified that she punched a woman at a bar and grabbed another woman’s hand and started the fight.
Diamond changed his story several times, first telling police he may have stabbed a man with a pen during the altercation. Police searched Diamond’s car and found a nearly four-inch switchblade covered in what may have been blood, and Diamond admitted during video testimony that he had a knife at the bar but hadn’t stabbed anyone with it. During the trial, he told jurors he took a knife out to ward people off, including a woman he said punched Shutz, and then accidentally stabbed a man during the encounter. Video TMZ obtained from the night shows Diamond in the bar while a bystander says, "Holy f—, he has a f—ing knife!"
It's been sad to see Diamond fall so far. His last attempt to cash in on his "Saved By The Bell" fame was a heavily embellished memoir that got turned into a snoozeworthy Lifetime movie: “Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story”. There’s no word yet if Diamond will get out of jail early as long as he promises to never, ever release another sex tape again.