As expected

, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik accepted a plea bargain and has pleaded guilty to a variety of corruption charges which could land him in prison for 27 to 33 months, according to the deal. Today Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including lying on his application to be the director of Homeland Security, cheating the IRS, helping to prepare false tax returns and making other false statements to the federal government.

By pleading guilty, Kerik pulled the plug on three pending federal trials, but Judge Stephen C. Robinson warned Kerik today that he could still sentence him to however longs he deems appropriate. According to the AP, Judge Robinson warned Kerik that the maximum sentence for the counts to which he was pleading was 61 years in prison, and Robinson reminded the court he was not bound by the terms of the plea agreement. Sentencing is set for February 14th. Valentine's Day!