Jail on hold for actor who played Screech on ’90s sitcom

FILE - In this May 29, 2015, file photo, television actor Dustin Diamond, center, leaves court in Port Washington, Wisc., after being convicted of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight on Christmas Day 2014. (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson, File)

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Jail time is on hold for former “Saved by the Bell” actor Dustin Diamond while he appeals his sentence for an altercation at a Wisconsin bar.

Diamond was supposed to begin serving a four-month sentence last weekend at a county jail north of Milwaukee. On Thursday, a judge in Ozaukee County Circuit Court stayed Diamond’s sentence pending his appeal.

Diamond’s attorney, Thomas Alberti, says it could take up to two years for the case to be considered, depending on the appellate docket.

The 38-year-old Diamond played Screech on the 1990s TV sitcom.

Diamond was recently convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct, but was cleared on a felony charge. Diamond testified he was trying to protect his girlfriend when he pulled out a pocketknife at the Port Washington bar last Christmas Day.

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