Judge orders man's mouth taped shut during sentencing

Judge John Russo. Pic Fox News

Judge John Russo. Pic Fox News

A judge ordered a convicted robber's mouth taped shut during his sentencing in Cleveland court Tuesday.

Russo eventually sentenced Williams to 24 years behind bars for counts of aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, having weapons under a disability, and misuse of credit cards. Before Russo could deliver his decision, Williams reportedly refused to stop talking. "Listening to the duct tape go pffffttttt, I still here that at night", Williams said.

One of the deputies places a strip of red tape around Williams' mouth.

"You tryna take my life, and you not letting me tell you what's going on", Williams clapped back in rebuttal.

A second piece of tape was required soon after to prevent Williams from complaining about the gag. The court says he disappeared in the middle of his trial.

In the video above, we see the events unfold as Williams tries to defend himself, disregarding orders to stay silent.

Later, the judge says he will hear from the lawyers and tells Williams to "zip it".

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo took the unconventional step on Tuesday while presiding over 32-year-old Franklyn Williams' sentencing hearing.

Image: Judge John Russo said the move was necessary to maintain decorum. Russo warned him more than a dozen times over a course of about a half hour, according to Fox 8's video footage.

Later, the frustrated judge asked: "Does the comment, 'quit talking, ' do you understand that?"

"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter", said Russo. "I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial". "I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time", Russo says. Franklyn Williams was awaiting his sentence for three alleged armed robberies and had a few words he wanted to share with the judge first reports Fox 8. Williams was granted an appeal after a court found he was misinformed about when he would be eligible for release.

Here though, there were no attempts to remove Williams from the court and instead a gag was enforced.

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