Ohio Judge Orders Defendant's Mouth Taped Shut During Sentencing Hearing

An Ohio judge got sick and tired of a convicted felon mouthing off during his sentencing hearing and ordered deputies to tape the man's mouth shut. Franklyn Williams was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability in December and was in court to find out how long he would spend behind bars for his crimes.

Judge John Russo ordered Williams to stop talking a dozen times during the 30-minute hearing, but he refused to keep quiet, constantly interrupting his lawyers and Judge Russo. 

"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter. Shut your mouth, and I'll tell you when you can talk," he told the defendant. "If we have to, I will gag you in one second."

Williams ignored the warnings, forcing the judge to have deputies place a piece of red tape around his mouth. Williams tried to talk through the tape, but the judge pressed on and sentenced him to 24 years in prison for his crimes.

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