Saved by the Bell Star Dustin Diamond Convicted of Misdemeanors in Stabbing, Faces up to 9 Months in Prison
The actor was cleared of a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety
The former Saved by the Bell star, who played Screech on the ’90s show, was cleared of a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, but was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reports.
The Wisconsin jury’s verdict came just hours after Diamond, 38, testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last December.
He said he’d been trying to scare patrons by pulling out a pocketknife in the Port Washington bar after his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, was punched in the face.
“I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes,” he said, explaining that while some people in the bar wanted to shake his hand and take photos, others were badgering him and Schutz.
Casey Smet, the man who Diamond allegedly stabbed, testified Thursday that he didn’t know he’d been injured until he left the bar.
Diamond’s first misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of nine months in prison, the second charge a maximum of 90 days.
Schutz was also convicted of disorderly conduct and faces a maximum of 90 days in prison.
A sentencing date has not been announced.