Dustin Diamond Sentenced To Four Months In Jail For Bar Stabbing Case
Dustin Diamond was sentenced to four months in jail on Thursday in his bar stabbing case, and must begin his sentence at the Ozaukee County Justice Center on Sunday.
As Gossip Cop reported, Diamond was convicted of misdemeanor charges last month, stemming from an alleged bar stabbing on Christmas Eve. Jurors cleared Diamond of the most serious charge, a felony count of recklessly endangering safety, but convicted him of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Together, he faced up to 12 months behind bars.
But at the sentencing hearing, Diamond was ordered to serve 16 weeks in two 60-day stints that allow for work-release. He was also placed on probation for 15 months. Diamond offered an apology during the proceedings, saying, “I want it to be clear that this situation will be not repeated again,” and noted that “a night that centers around celebrating peace and love” became “the single most terrifying experience of my entire life.”
Diamond and his attorney had argued that the “Saved By The Bell” star was only defending himself after an altercation broke out at the Grand Ave. Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The former child actor claimed he and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, were being harassed by other patrons, and a dispute escalated to where Schutz was punched in the face. At some point, Diamond brandished a pocketknife, and while he denied stabbing anyone, a man named Casey Smet emerged from the scuffle with a puncture wound.
As part of the sentence, Diamond must pay Smet $1,501 in restitution, likely due to medical bills, plus another $500 in court-related expenses. He cannot contact Smet, however, and cannot return to the Grand Ave. Saloon. For her part in the incident, Schutz was convicted of disorderly conduct, and while she faced a possible 90 days in jail, she was sentenced to a $500 fine. In his sentencing the judge noted he wanted “send a message to the community that we’re just not going to live like this.” Diamond is pictured above in court last month. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.