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Dan Sullivan - Courts reporter

Courts reporter

I got into this business because I like telling stories. The best stories, I think, are ones that touch on themes of justice and injustice, compassion and forgiveness, choices and consequences. You can find a lot of that in the local court and criminal justice system, which I write about for the Times. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, went to high school in Massachusetts, and came to Florida for college. I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006. My wife, Meg, is a teacher. Outside work, I enjoy long walks, road trips, and reading public records. I’m a nerd.

  1. Yesterday• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Lights from police vehicles illuminate Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, following an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
  2. Corporal Brian LaVigne, a corporal with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was killed by a fleeing suspect Monday evening after a 30-year career that was supposed to end in retirement a day later, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
  3. Adam Christian Johnson, 36, of Parrish, leaves federal court in Tampa with his attorneys, Dan Eckhart (left) and David Bigney (right) on Monday. Johnson faces three felony charges, including theft of government property. He appears in photographs of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, appearing to carry a lectern from the House of Representatives.
  4. Christopher John Streeter, 63, of Land O' Lakes, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his involvement in an international child sex trafficking scheme.
  5. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren
  6. 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 in 2018 at their Riverview home.  [Photo courtesy of WTVT Fox 13]
  7. Tampa police investigate the scene of a fatal 2018 collision on Bayshore Boulevard. The driver of a black 2018 Mustang GT is accused of fatally running down a mother and her 21-month-old daughter while they legally crossed the road. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  8. In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis watches as nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine to resident Vera Leip, 88, at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. Nursing home residents and health care workers in Florida began receiving the Pfizer vaccine. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)
  9. Vanessa Arroyo, 31, a nurse at Tampa General Hospital, receives the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from fellow nurse, Rafael Martinez, while Gov Ron DeSantis stands by, at Tampa General Hospital on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 in Tampa.
  10. The scene of fatal crash at Adamo Drive and Falkenburg Road near Brandon on Jan. 4, 2017. Adamo (State Road 60) and Falkenburg Road was closed for hours in all directions as officials investigated.
  11. Exterior photos of the Zephyrhills Correctional Institution where a COVID-19 outbreak is being addressed.
  12. El caso atrajo mucho interés público desde el accidente del 23 de mayo de 2018. Fue uno de varios accidentes de tráfico fatales que han ocurrido en los últimos dos años a lo largo del pintoresco tramo frente al mar, ubicado en el sur de Tampa.
  13. A small memorial for Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, of Jermesville, Ohio, can be seen off of Bayshore Boulevard and West Knights Avenue. Reisinger, 24, was struck while pushing her baby in a stroller. [TIMES | (2018)]
  14. Teresa Hall, 55, pictured with state attorney trial files that will be reviewed for wrongful convictions at the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, 419 Pierce Street, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 in Tampa. As the attorney in charge of the conviction review unit at the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, Hall has the tedious task of examining the often long-forgotten cases of people who claim to be innocent. The business of rooting out the wrongful convictions is a bit like panning for gold. Since it began, the CRU has gathered petitions numbering in the hundreds.
  15. Eboni Wiley speaks during her sentencing hearing Friday in the Hillsborough circuit courthouse. She pleaded guilty to a charge of providing false information during a missing persons investigation related to the 2014 disappearance of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
  16. The Zephyrhills Correctional Institution.   TIMES (1997)
  17. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren addresses members of the Hillsborough Bar Association, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Chester Ferguson Law Center, Tampa, during a luncheon.
  18. Yellow evidence markers denote a gun magazine and a zippered gun case atop a stack of clothing in this photo which a prosecutor displayed during a virtual court hearing Tuesday in the case of Timmy Allen Keene.
  19. Tampa police investigate the scene of a fatal May 23, 2018, collision on Bayshore Boulevard. The driver of a black 2018 Mustang GT is accused of driving recklessly and colliding with a mother and her 21-month-old daughter as they crossed the road. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  20. Benjamin Douglas Ehas is sworn in as he appears in court via video screen as he accepts a plea agreement in courtroom 17 on the first floor of the Hillsborough courthouse annex on Tuesday in Tampa. Judge Barbara Twine Thomas presided over the case. Benjamin Douglas Ehas was driving a Pinch A Penny pool supply truck in January that crashed into the balustrade on Bayshore Boulevard. The truck hit George Gage, 70, who was thrown into the water and died. Police said Ehas was drunk when the crash occurred.
  21. Ronnie Oneal III, seen here in a 2018 court hearing, is accused of murdering his girlfriend and their 9-year-old daughter, and gravely injuring their 8-year-old son in a bizarre attack in 2018 at their Riverview home. [WTVT-Fox 13]
  22. Edificio de la corte federal Sam M. Gibbons, en el centro de Tampa.
  23. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa.