Judge orders armed robber's mouth taped shut during sentencing

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Cleveland.com reports Franklyn Williams' mouth was covered with red duct tape as he was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted on armed robbery charges. In December, Williams was convicted on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability, according to court documents. The 32-year-old reportedly repeatedly kept speaking over a 30-minute period in the courtroom, even as Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo warned him to stop at least a dozen times. The six deputies surrounded the suspect while one applied the tape, but the defendant continued to speak.

A judge ordered sheriff's deputies to tape a chatty armed robber's mouth shut during his sentencing.

"But you're not letting me tell you what's going on", Williams says. After Russo ordered the tape to be placed on his mouth, a deputy can be heard saying, "If you spit on, attempt to bite or injure any of my deputies, you're going to have a bad day".

During the first, Williams pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.

During his re-trial, Williams cut his ankle bracelet and disappeared, eventually turning up in Nebraska. "This judge should be disbarred", said a third commenter.

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When CNN reached out to Judge Russo, he refused to comment through his bailiff, Patrice P. Stack, who said this is because the case is likely to be appealed.

"I've had to silence him because of his disrespect for the system, his disrespect for the parties", Russo said. "I am going to give you a chance to talk", Russo added, before warning the defendant: "If I have to, I will gag you in one second". "Don't talk. Mr. Williams, it would be very simple to gag you".

"Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter".

Williams is angry his lawyer didn't do more to speak up for him. "That's what I was trying to tell them", Williams said.

In any other circumstance, Williams would be held in contempt of court.

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