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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 12:19 pm | Updated: 3:52 pm, Mon Aug 12, 2013.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's son Sean was convicted Monday of public drunkenness, a Class 4 misdemeanor that carries a $25 fine.

Charlottesville police arrested McDonnell, 21, around 1:20 a.m. on July 6 in the 1400 block of Wertland Street, near a set of train tracks running behind the Corner.  An officer testified Monday in the city's general district court that McDonnell appeared to be unsteady on his feet that night. 

McDonnell was helping his girlfriend across the tracks when police approached him, said his Virginia Beach-based attorney, Gary Byler, who brought a box of rocks from the area to court to demonstrate the rough terrain.

"His girlfriend had four-inch heels on that night, and he was helping her," Byler said. "She wasn't holding him up, he was holding her up."

Authorities booked McDonnell through Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail that night and released him on his own recognizance. McDonnell pleaded not guilty Monday. Byler said he was not sure whether his client would appeal the conviction.

McDonnell and his twin brother, Bobby, are expected to be fourth-year students this fall at the University of Virginia.

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