Saved by the Jury: Actor Acquitted of Felony Charge

Dustin Diamond, 38, the actor who played Screech in the 1990s sitcom, ‘Saved by the Bell,’ was found not guilty of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony. The jury in Port Washington, Wisconsin jury deliberated for nearly six hours following a three-day trial in late May.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Diamond was convicted of two misdemeanors, stemming from a Christmas Day 2014 bar fight. The jury found Diamond guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and of disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. 

Diamond’s fiancée, Amanda Schutz, also was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

The former child actor took the stand in his own defense and explained that he drew a pocketknife in the effort to protect Schutz from an attack. “At the moment I feared for her safety and her life,” Diamond told the jury, according to The New York Daily News. Had he been convicted of all three counts, Diamond faced 11 years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a maximum one-year term, the paper reports.