Man whose mouth was duct-taped in court sentenced to 33 years in prison

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man who made headlines when a judge ordered duct tape over his mouth while in court was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Judge John Russo previously sentenced Franklyn Williams to 24 years behind bars for a series of armed robberies last year. Russo ordered Williams to be duct-taped for repeated interruptions.

The judge later apologized and called for a new sentencing.

Mental health evaluations cleared the way for Williams to be sentenced Friday by Judge Patricia Cosgrove.

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