Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the popular sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” has been sentenced to serve four months in jail for his part in a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar, the AP reports.
“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,” the story reports, adding: “Diamond, appearing misty-eyed, left the courtroom without commenting.”
In a three-day jury trial, Diamond, 38, was cleared of a felony charge, but the jury determined that he was guilty of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
The judge reportedly said that the sentence “has to send a message to the community that we’re just not going to live like this.”
Diamond said in court that he took out a knife during the incident in an effort to ward off people, including one woman who allegedly punched his girlfriend. “He said he then accidentally stabbed a man during an altercation,” the AP reports.
Diamond is quoted saying at his hearing Thursday: “I sincerely apologize to everyone involved. 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.”