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TV actor Dustin Diamond convicted of misdemeanors in stabbing

TV actor Dustin Diamond convicted of misdemeanors in stabbing
Dustin Diamond leaves court in Port Washington, Wis., after a jury convicted him of two misdemeanors. (Dana Ferguson, Associated Press)

A Wisconsin jury has convicted TV actor Dustin Diamond of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but cleared the former “Saved by the Bell” actor of the most serious felony charge.

The jury's verdict Friday came just hours after the 38-year-old actor testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last Christmas Day.

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Diamond said he was trying to scare bar patrons in Port Washington after his girlfriend was punched in the face.

He had pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, plus two misdemeanors — carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Conviction on all three counts carried a potential sentence of up to 11 years in prison.

Diamond played the character Screech on the popular 1990s show.

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