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Kerik Faces Up To 61 Years at Sentencing

MANHATTAN (CN) - Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner whose nomination for Homeland Security Secretary was derailed by corruption allegations, faces up to 61 years in prison at his sentencing Thursday.

In its sentencing memorandum, the government recommended a sentence within federal sentencing guidelines, which call for a statutory maximum of 61 years, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felonies in November 2009, including obstruction, tax charges and making false statements to the federal government. President George W. Bush nominated him to be secretary of Homeland Security but that was derailed when Kerik was accused of accepting renovations on his apartment while he was NYC police commissioner.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the statutory maximum for the guilty pleas when it announced them, in November 2009.

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