Former Police Chief Bernard Kerik Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Kerik pleaded guilty last November to eight felony charges, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials after being nominated to lead the Department of Homeland Security. The sentence is more than the two to three years called for in federal sentencing guidelines, but Judge Stephen Robinson says the guidelines didn't take into account that Kerik was the chief law enforcement officer for the biggest city in the nation and that his crimes were committed while attempting to win a cabinet level position in the White House.

An apologetic Kerik asked the judge to return him to his family as soon as possible.

Kerik will be allowed to surrender voluntarily on May 17; the prison has not been chosen yet.