Last Christmas wasn't particularly merry for Dustin Diamond. The former child actor who played Screech on '90s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell spent the holiday's waning hours holed up in a Wisconsin bar with his girlfriend. Had he gone to the Max instead that night, he might not be locked up for the next four months.
As Screech is kind of a big deal, other patrons took notice of TV's onetime dork king and started snapping pics of him and his fiancee Amanda Schutz (we thought he'd end up with Lisa, too). Screech later told the cops a particularly hammered group started hassling them. Sensing things could get ugly, Screech went to pay his tab so the couple could leave. When he turned around, Schutz was bleeding and two men had her by the hair, he claimed.
Without Slater by his side, Screech brandished a pocketknife (zoinks!) and a tussle ensued. One of the men caught the 3.75-inch blade in the armpit and suffered a non-life-threatening wound. The couple reportedly fled the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, where Screech now lives (coincidentally the city another '90s sitcom, Step by Step, was set). When the cops caught up with him, Bayside's former insect club president initially claimed he accidentally stabbed the man with a pen. But when police found the knife with “what appeared to be blood on it,” Screech came clean.
While Jimmy Fallon rounded up the rest of the Saved by the Bell crew for a Tonight Show reunion in February, Zack's former bestie was facing up to 10 years in prison and didn't get an invite. In May, a jury cleared him of felony reckless endangerment, but convicted him of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Schutz was also found guilty of disorderly conduct.
On Thursday, Screech received his punishment. In lieu of being grounded for life, the 38-year-old was sentenced to spend four months behind bars, plus another 15 months probation. Screech was supposed to report to jail Sunday, but his lawyer wants to delay the sentence until a potential appeal is filed.
Screech's robot, Kevin, was unavailable for comment.
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