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- A man refused to stop talking during his sentencing so the judge had the man's mouth taped shut.

Russo eventually sentenced Williams to 24 years behind bars for counts of aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, having weapons under a disability, and misuse of credit cards.

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

"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter".

Video of the incident shows Williams surrounded by police as one applies a thick piece of red duct tape over his mouth.

Williams replied: "You're trying to take my life away, judge, and you're not letting me tell you what's going on".

The American Civil Liberties Union lambasted the decision to tape Williams' mouth. In the first trial, he pleaded guilty and received a 14-year prison sentence.

The case was retried but filled with delays after Williams reportedly snipped his ankle bracelet and fled to Nebraska.

"Just put the tape on me man and get it over with", Williams said.

"At this point, I'm going to hear from your lawyers, and that means zip it", said Russo.

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo drew some national attention this week thanks to the picture above.

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, the MailOnline reported.

Later, the frustrated judge asked: "Does the comment, 'quit talking, ' do you understand that?"

"I want to make it real clear, if you spit on, attempt to bite, or injure any of my deputies, we're going to have a bad day", Jude Russo warns.

Russo later defended his order, telling Fox8 he knew Williams was "someone who liked to speak", and that he gave him more than a dozen warnings to stop talking.

'Zip it, until I give you the chance to talk'.

In any other circumstance, Williams would be held in contempt of court. Williams was granted an appeal after a court found he was misinformed about when he would be eligible for release.