Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond convicted

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Dustin Diamond, aka Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ convicted.

Port Washington, Wisc. PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former “Saved by the Bell” actor of the most serious felony charge. The actor, who played Screech in the popular 1990s television series, was cleared of recklessly endangering public safety by a jury in Wisconsin but found guilty of lesser charges of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. Diamond could have faced several years in prison if convicted, but had pleaded not guilty to the felony and a jury took just a few hours to acquit the 38-year-old.

Diamond said some people had wanted to shake his hand and pose for photos at the bar, but that others were badgering him and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz. Diamond had told the court that he did not mean to stab anyone, and the victim of the injury had explained to the court that he did not even realise he had been stabbed until he got outside of the premises. The first misdemeanour charge carries a maximum sentence of nine months in prison, according to the Associated Press, while the second is punishable by a maximum 90-day prison sentence. After maintaining a serious facade during most of the trial, Diamond grinned yesterday when a defence lawyer asked if he liked being compared to the character Screech.

He claimed he was trying to scare bar members of the public drinking in Port Washington after Schutz was punched in the face. “I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes,” he said. Thomas Alberti, his lawyer, was reprimanded for driving to the courthouse with the message “good luck to Dustin and Amanda” scrawled in the back window of his car. “I’m telling you right now, any more shenanigans like that and you’ll find yourself in contempt faster than fast,” Judge Malloy told Mr Alberti, according to E!

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