The son of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., faces up to six years in prison after being convicted Wednesday on charges of battery of a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.
A jury in Orange County, Fla., came back with a guilty verdict two days after the trial against Charles Nelson ended. He faces sentencing on July 31.
The case started when a police officer came to the aid of a woman who was drunk after festivities following Sen. Nelson's re-election in November. When Nelson, 31, tried to interfere with their assistance to the woman, prosecutors say police officers were forced to pepper spray him.
Defense attorneys say Nelson was trying to help the woman, and he never got violent. The woman in the center of it all got on the stand to testify about the incident, but her recollection of the events that evening was foggy at best.
This isn't Charles Nelson's first drunken run-in with police. In 2005, he was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct after trying to get into a Playboy party in Jacksonville. He was not prosecuted after he wrote an apology to the police officer he resisted in that case.