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Former top McDonnell adviser faces menacing charge

Thursday - 5/9/2013, 9:13pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - The former top aide behind Gov. Bob McDonnell's unsuccessful effort to privatize Virginia state-owned liquor stores faces seven misdemeanor charges stemming from confrontations with a former girlfriend.

Eric Finkbeiner (FEENK-bye-nuhr) was in Chesterfield General District court Thursday over three assault charges and four charges of violating a protective order, arising from what his lawyer calls a "tumultuous relationship." He's due back in court on June 20.

The assaults allegedly occurred last year in May, October and November. The protective order violations are allegedly occurred within the final week of March this year, two of them on the last day of the month.

Finkbeiner, a lawyer, served for less than two years as McDonnell's senior policy adviser.

His attorney, Todd Stone, says Finkbeiner saved plenty of evidence to exonerate himself.

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