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Screech Has Been Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for That Stabbing Incident

Dustin Diamond & Amanda Schutz Trial
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The sad, strange career of Dustin Diamond has taken yet another turn downhill: Bayside’s quintessential nerd and onetime porn actor has been sentenced to four months in jail and 15 months probation after a stabbing incident at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Ozaukee, Wisconsin, on Christmas last year. He was charged with two misdemeanors for carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct (he was cleared of a felony charge for public endangerment). ABC reports that Diamond appeared “misty-eyed” at the courtroom. The judge ordered him to begin his sentence this Sunday.

According to witnesses, Diamond’s girlfriend Amanda Schutz started the fight by pushing another woman. Diamond said that in the ensuing confusion, he accidentally stabbed a man when he took out his switchblade. (He originally told police at the scene that he might have hit someone with a pen.) Schutz was convicted of disorderly conduct and fined $500. “This was the single most terrifying experience of my life,” Diamond said during the hearing. “This is all I’ve been able to think about for the last six months.”

Screech Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail