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‘If we have to, I will gag you in one second’ Judge warns, implements against armed robbery suspect – Franklyn Williams, had his mouth TAPED shut during sentencing because he wouldn’t stop interrupting

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‘Now, that’s a real gag order from the judge!, as Judge John Russo ordered a convicted robber’s mouth taped shut in court 

‘I’m going to tape it, and I’ll unzip it when I want you to talk’
Convicted armed robber, had tape placed over his mouth in Cleveland on Tuesday after ignoring multiple warnings from a judge to stop interrupting 
Judge ordered Franklyn Williams’ mouth taped shut during sentencing because of his non-stop interjections at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
The defendant was charged and convicted for three armed robberies
Robbery defendant Williams, 32 ,would not stop talking over the judge or his own attorneys, forcing Judge Russo to order officers to place red duct tape over the his mouth
Convicted last year on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards, the defendant was sentenced to 14 years
He appealed and won a retrial,only to cut his ankle bracelet and flee – but after his recapture he feigned memory loss, which was dismissed by the court
Williams was ultimately sentenced to 24 years jail
Franklyn Williams 1Robbery suspect Franklyn Williams [photo], had had his mouth taped shut by the order of the judge at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday.. His will spend nearly a quarter of a century behind bars for his crimes
An armed robber had two pieces of red tape placed over his mouth during his sentencing on Tuesday.
Cleveland man Franklyn Williams, 32, was convicted of three armed robberies during his trial, but clearly still had more to say on the matter as Judge John Russo tried to speak, video from FOX8 shows.
Williams spoke over the judge and his own attorneys despite over a dozen warnings to be quiet, forcing Judge Russo to order tape be placed over his mouth so the sentencing could proceed.
Over the course of 30 minutes Williams persistently interrupted Judge and would not stop talking, despite more the multiple warnings from Judge Russo. Williams even interrupted his own attorneys.
Russo resolved the disruptions to the proceedings by ordering deputies to tape the defendant’s mouth shut.
Six deputies stood around Williams as one applied the red tape, but he continued to speak. The judge instructed deputies to put another piece of tape over his mouth in order for proceedings to continue.

John Russo 1‘Not a pip from you, until I’m ready for you to speak’ – Judge John Russo had a enough of Franklyn Williams’ interruptions in court, Tuesday

‘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.’
Moments later, explaining the court stenographer would not be able to keep up if Williams continued to argue over him, Judge Russo ordered his mouth sealed shut.
‘I’m going to tape it, and I’ll unzip it when I want you to talk,’ he said.
Eventually, Judge Russo sentenced Williams to 24 years in prison.

Franklyn Williams 1
Franklyn Williams after his arrest. He was eventually sentenced to 24 years behind bars for a string of armed robberies

Video of the incident shows Williams surrounded by police as one applies a thick piece of red duct tape over his mouth. – When he sees the officers approach, he tries to stand up but is pushed back down into his seat by one officer, who then applies the tape tightly.
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.
Williams had previously been sentenced to 14 years for the crimes after pleading guilty, but won an appeal when a jury found he had been misinformed about his possible early release date.
His trial began late last year, but hit a snag when during his retrial he cut his ankle bracelet and disappeared.
On Tuesday, he was eventually sentenced to 24 years jail.
Williams fled to Nebraska, where he claimed he was hit over the head and lost his memory. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors played Williams’ phone calls with family to prove he remembered. They also found information on his phone that indicated he researched how to beat criminal charges.
Williams repeatedly told the judge he is not insane.

 

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