Bernard Kerik, Former NYC Top Cop, Sentenced To 4-Year Prison Term : The Two-Way Bernie Kerik, the former New York City Police Commissioner who was nominated to be the Bush Administration's Homeland Security Secretary, was sentenced to four years in prison for a number of felonies to which he pleaded guilty.
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Bernard Kerik, Former NYC Top Cop, Sentenced To 4-Year Prison Term

Bernard Kerik, the former New York City Police Commissioner who was nominated to be the Bush Administration's Homeland Security Secretary, was sentenced to four years in prison for a number of felonies to which he pleaded guilty.

Bernard Kerik in 2009 leaving the federal court building in White Plains, N.Y. David Goldman/AP Photo hide caption

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Indeed, among the felonies he pleaded guilty to was lying to federal officials during the vetting process for the Homeland Security position.

He also pleaded guilty to were false tax filings and corruption charges for accepting apartment renovations from a contractor who was seeking to do work for New York City at the time Kerik was an official.

Kerik gained national fame as the New York police commissioner who, alongside then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, tried to reassure the nation in the hours and days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

One irony in Kerik being sentenced to prison time is that he was once the chief corrections official for New York City, responsible for the city's jails.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson didn't mask his disdain at Kerik's behavior, judging from what the Associated Press reports:

"The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me," said federal Judge Stephen Robinson.

An apologetic Kerik said before the sentence was pronounced: "Allow me to return to my wife and two little girls as soon as possible."

Federal guidelines indicated Kerik's sentence should be between 27 and 33 months in prison. Robinson said he went beyond the guidelines because they could not account for certain factors.

Kerik was "the chief law enforcement law enforcement officer for the biggest and grandest city this nation has," Robinson said. The crimes were committed "in the process of attempting to become a cabinet level position in the government of the United States."