Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan covers Hillsborough County courts for the Tampa Bay Times. Since joining the Times in 2010, he has written about unsolved crimes, the opioid epidemic, gun control, and Florida's death row, among other topics. In 2014, he was a Livingston Award finalist for a story that examined a legal loophole that allows Florida to hold mentally challenged criminal defendants without trial. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tampa, where he earned a degree in writing.



Michael Bratt testifiying in his own defense during an earlier trial. [WENDY JOAN BIDDLECOMBE]

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Ronnie Oneal III is accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend and their 9-year-old daughter, and gravely injuring their 8-year-old son in a bizarre attack March 18 at their Riverview home. [Courtesy of  WTVT Fox 13]

Hillsborough prosecutors to seek death penalty in Riverview family slaughter

TAMPA — Prosecutors will pursue a death sentence for Ronnie Oneal III, accused of slaughtering his girlfriend and their 9-year-old daughter at their Riverview home and trying to kill their 8-year-old son.Oneal, 29, has pleaded not guilty to...
Published: 05/24/18
The late William

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
CHRIS URSO   |   Times
The sister of Rogelio Perez-Borroto, Yelitza Perez-Borroto, reacts during Allison Huffman's sentencing hearing Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Tampa. Huffman was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison for leaving the scene of a 2016 crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge that killed tow truck driver Rogelio Perez-Borroto.

Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

TAMPA — After Allison Huffman slammed her car into a tow truck driver who had stopped to help a pair of stranded motorists on the Howard Frankland Bridge, she drove to a hotel and got out to look at the damage.She saw shattered glass, a bare...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Michael Bratt, pictured at a Christmas party at his home in 2009.  Photo was made prior to Bratt's arrest.
 [Courtesy of Stephen Romine]

Man recalls beating from Hernando deputies in federal excessive force trial

TAMPA — The allegations at the core of Michael Bratt’s lawsuit against three Hernando County deputies have been repeated in court papers for eight years since his violent arrest.But on Monday, a federal jury in Tampa heard Bratt describe in his...
Published: 05/21/18
George Zachary Chronister, 24, the son of Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, was arrested last year after he was accused of cutting another man with a knife during a fight. An amateur rapper, the young Chronister composed a song that includes apparent references to the incident. The song plays in a YouTube video with the image seen here. In court, the younger Chronister has invoked Florida's

Son of Hillsborough sheriff claims ‘stand your ground’ in stabbing case

TAMPA — A little over a year ago, a fight broke out in a parking lot off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and ended with a man getting slashed across the face and stabbed in the back. The person with the knife claimed self defense and has invoked Florida’s...
Published: 05/18/18
Michael Bratt, pictured at a Christmas party at his home in 2009.  Photo was made prior to Bratt's arrest.
 [Courtesy of Stephen Romine]

Hernando couple alleging deputies broke husband’s eye socket seek $10 million in federal trial

TAMPA — The telling of what transpired at a Hernando County home one day in 2009 differs depending on whom you ask.Michael Bratt and his wife, Marjorie Youmans, say they were cleaning up after a Christmas party when deputies illegally entered...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/21/18
Michael Bratt, pictured at a Christmas party at his home in 2009.  Photo was made prior to Bratt's arrest.
 [Courtesy of Stephen Romine]

Hernando couple alleging deputies broke husband’s eye socket seek $10 million in federal trial

TAMPA — The telling of what transpired at a Hernando County home one day in 2009 differs depending on whom you ask.Michael Bratt and his wife, Marjorie Youmans, say they were cleaning up after a Christmas party when deputies illegally entered...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/21/18
Curtis Reeves Jr. is charged with fatally shooting Chad Oulson, 43, and wounding his wife, Nicole, 33. Deputies say Reeves shot Oulson during an argument over texting before a movie at the Cobb Grove 16 theater near Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel. [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times]

Appeals court denies challenge to ‘stand your ground’ ruling in Pasco theater shooting

An appeals court has denied a challenge to a "stand your ground" ruling in the Curtis Reeves theater shooting case, putting the retired Tampa police captain one step closer to a murder trial.The 2nd District Court of Appeal quietly declined...
Published: 05/11/18
‘Stand your ground’ decision raises prospect of new hearing in Pasco theater shooting

‘Stand your ground’ decision raises prospect of new hearing in Pasco theater shooting

For two weeks last year, a retired Tampa police captain tried to persuade a judge that he was terrified and desperate to protect himself when he fatally shot another man in a darkened Wesley Chapel movie theater.The judge didn’t buy Curtis...
Updated one month ago