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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. Trevor Dooley in court in 2019. He's charged in the shooting death of a man on a Valrico basketball court.
  2. Robert Duboise is pictured at his new home in September 2020 in Tampa after his release from prison.
  3. FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington. Prosecutors secured the first guilty plea in the major case brought against members of the Oath Keepers extremist group in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, while an Indiana woman who became first person to be sentenced for the Jan. 6 riot avoided time behind bars.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  4. Five men have been arrested in the Aug. 22 shooting death of 4-year-old Suni Bell in Tampa. They are, clockwise from top left, Zvante Sampson, 30; Quandarious Hammond, 28; Jaylin Bedward, 22; Andrew Thompson, 22; and James Denson, 24.
  5. Douglas E. Bennett, left, appears in a jail booking photo taken when he was arrested in 1974 in a Connecticut rape case. Passport photos taken in 1982, middle, and 2016, right, show an individual that federal officials say is also Bennett, but who posing as another man.
  6. Kyle Moran poses for a portrait in Tampa in February.
  7. Police use pepper spray as they detain protesters during a march on N Dale Mabry on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Tampa.
  8. James Dailey, who faces execution for the 1985 murder of Shelly Boggio in Indian Rocks Beach, Dailey, center, is seated in court in Pinellas County, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
  9. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
  10. Police deploy pepper spray and begin to detain people during a protest on N Dale Mabry on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Tampa.
  11. The Lady Justice sculpture stands in front of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Tampa.
  12. Kyle Moran arrives to court for a sentence review hearing in his case. Moran served 25 years in prison for a murder he committed at 16.
  13. Prosecutor Jay Pruner delivers closing arguments in the 2012 trial Dorice Donegan “Dee Dee” Moore, a Lakeland woman who murdered lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and buried his body behind a Plant City home.
  14. Laura Pietscher, shown here with her dog Junior, was found strangled to death behind a Latin food market on N 15th Street in Tampa in 2018. [Courtesy of Art Pietscher]
  15. Tony Hopps appears a recent photo from the Florida Department of Corrections.
  16. Michael Keetley sits in court during his trial in February 2020. A jury deadlocked on whether he was guilty. He will go to trial again next year.
  17. Joseph Edward Williams appears during a Zoom court hearing Aug. 12 from the Falkenburg Road Jail.
  18. Luis Orlando Santos Santiago, left, sits with his attorney, Michelle Borton, during a Zoom sentencing hearing Tuesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court.
  19. Samona Louise Ramey, 35, pleaded guilty to seond-degree murder for her role in a 2018 Ruskin double homicide.
  20. Deputies say 25-year-old Hanibal Mowery, left, was killed last year after he consumed a drug given to him by Stephen Bowman, 59, on the right.
  21. The Lady Justice sculpture stands in front of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Tampa.
  22. Keith Earl Davis, who plead guilty in the death of William Leslie McGoff, is walked back to his seat at Hillsborough Courthouse Annex in Tampa on Monday, August 2, 2021.
  23. The Lady Justice sculpture stands in front of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Tampa.