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

Actor Dustin Diamond enters court at Ozaukee County Justice Center with his fiance, Amanda Schutz, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Port Washington, Wis. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was sentenced to four months in jail for a barroom stabbing on Christmas Day. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Actor Dustin Diamond enters court June 25 at the Ozaukee County Justice Center with his fiance, Amanda Schutz, in Port Washington. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was sentenced to four months in jail for a barroom stabbing on Christmas Day. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

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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