Judge orders chatty convict’s mouth taped shut during sentencing

This Ohio judge issued a strict gag order.

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo instructed a crook’s mouth be shut using a strip of red duct tape when the talkative thief wouldn’t stop interrupting his own lawyers during his Monday sentencing hearing, Fox 8 reported.

Video posted by the outlet shows Franklyn Williams prattling on as the judge issues multiple strict warnings.

“At this point I am going to hear from your lawyers, and that means zip it,” the judge says as Williams continues to talk back.

“If we have to, I will gag you in one second,” Russo adds sternly. “Zip it until I give you a chance to talk.”

Even after a sheriff’s deputy covered his mouth with tape, Williams, 32, kept speaking, saying “It is what it is” through the gag.

Eventually, the verbose convict got slapped with 24 years in prison.

In December, Williams was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and other charges, according to court documents.

His trial, which began late last year, hit a snag when he snipped off his ankle bracelet and fled to Nebraska.

He claimed he’d been hit over the head and had lost his memory.

But in court last Tuesday, prosecutors played phone calls to his family proving he did remember the charges he was facing. He’d also used his phone to research how to beat criminal charges.

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