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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. Keith Mauga, center,with attorney Grady Irvin, left, listen as Michael Callahan addresses Mauga in court Monday. Mauga pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Callahan's son, Matthew.
  2. This photo shows Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa holding a Trump flag and wearing a Trump t-shirt as he stands in the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to a federal complaint. Hodgkins has been arrested and charged in connection to the riots.
  3. A December 2015 post on Twitter by Albert Lonzo Adams III directs donors to soaringpaws.com. Adams admitted swindling donors through the charity. On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to new charges related to a pet insurance fraud.
  4. Tampa police established what’s known as the unsolved major crimes unit, whose task is to review hundreds of unresolved sex crimes, homicides and other violent offenses. In the last two years, they’ve cleared 12 cases.
  5. In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo rioters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
  6. A fan who ran on the field, later identified as Yuri Andrade of Boca Raton, is tackled by Hillsborough Sheriff's Deputy Clinton Stearns during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV. Andrade was arrested and charged with trespassing.
  7. An image taken from a federal criminal complaint shows a person, whom federal prosecutors says is Mitchell Todd Gardner II spraying a liquid toward U.S. Capitol police officers on Jan. 6.
  8. Dontae Johnson while on trial.
  9. Ronnie Oneal III reacts to closing arguments during the penalty phase of his murder trial at the George Edgecomb Courthouse Friday in Tampa.
  10. Ronnie Oneal III appears in court Monday during his trial in the slayings of his girlfriend and daughter.
  11. Ronnie Oneal III listens to a jury poll after the verdict was delivered for his murder trial at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Monday June 21, 2021. The jury found Oneal guilty of murdering his girlfriend, their daughter and attempting to kill his son.
  12. Ronnie Oneal III becomes emotional while representing himself during closing arguments during his murder trial at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Monday.
  13. Ronnie Oneal III during his murder trial at the George Edgecomb Courthouse Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Tampa.
  14. Ronnie Oneal III questions his son by video during his murder trial at the George Edgecomb Courthouse Wednesday on Wednesday in Tampa.
  15. Ronnie Oneal III questions a witness during his murder trial at the George Edgecomb Courthouse Monday, June 14, 2021 in Tampa.
  16. Ronnie Oneal III gives his opening statement during his murder trial at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Monday.
  17. Ronnie Oneal III sits in court Monday, June 7, 2021, during jury selection for his murder trial in Tampa. The state is seeking the death penalty in the case where Oneal is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2018 deaths of his girlfriend, Kenyatta Barron, and their 9-year-old daughter, Ron'Niveya Oneal. He is also accused of the attempted murder of his then-8-year-old son.
  18. Ronnie Oneal III sits in court Monday during jury selection for his murder trial in Tampa. The state is seeking the death penalty in the case where Oneal is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2018 deaths of his girlfriend, Kenyatta Barron, and their 9-year-old daughter, Ron'Niveya Oneal. He is also accused of the attempted murder of his then-8-year-old son. Oneal has insisted he does not want the help of his court-appointed public defenders in trial and Judge Michelle Sisco has allowed him to represent himself.
  19. Ronnie Oneal III represents himself on Monday during jury selection for his murder trial in Tampa. The state is seeking the death penalty in the case.
  20. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee, Florida.
  21. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
  22. Audrey Ann Southard, in a YouTube video from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, left, and outside in a photo from her Facebook page.
  23. This photo shows Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, holding a Trump flag and wearing a Trump t-shirt as he stands in the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to a federal complaint.