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. Jack Pearcy, left, and James Dailey, right, as they appeared when they each entered Florida's prison system in 1987. Both men were convicted of taking part in the murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. Pearcy got a life sentence. Dailey got the death penalty. Dailey's lawyers have argued that Pearcy is solely responsible for the crime.
    The case of James Dailey, facing a death sentence for the 1985 Pinellas County murder of a 14-year-old girl, is full of contradiction, ambiguity and doubt. Court records tell the terrible story.
  2. Benjamin Douglas Ehas, 31, is lead into a Tampa courtroom Wednesday morning for a pretrial detention hearing. Ehas is accused of DUI manslaughter related to a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian on Bayshore Bouelvard.
    Benjamin Douglas Ehas told a detective he’d smoked marijuana, taken Suboxone, and consumed a double-shot of whiskey before a crash that killed a pedestrian.
  3. Benjamin Douglas Ehas, 31, of Tampa, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide after Tampa police said he struck and killed a man on Bayshore Boulevard's scenic sidewalk on Thursday.
    The driver of a Pinch A Penny truck faces charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in Thursday’s deadly crash. Residents renewed calls to make Bayshore safer.
  4. Joshua Carmona,  accused of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Tahirih Lua D'Angelo, sits during his trial this week in Tampa.
    The 21-year-old deliberately attacked his mother with a baseball bat inside their Riverview home in 2017, the jury decided, then cut her neck with a kitchen knife.
  5. Joshua Carmona who is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Tahirih Lua D'Angelo, sits during jury selection in his trial Tuesday in Tampa.
    He was 18 when deputies said he beat his mother with a baseball bat, then cut her throat in 2017. The defense doesn’t deny his guilt. Their strategy is to avoid a life sentence.
  6. Trevor Dooley gets into a waiting vehicle after leaving the Orient Road Jail in 2016. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
    After the 2010 shooting of his neighbor, Dooley was convicted of manslaughter and later won a new trial. Since then, his case hasn’t moved.
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    The Florida Highway Patrol said the boy was crossing Mariner Boulevard with his family at the time.
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    A maintenance worker found two devices buried in the ground. The Tampa Police Department bomb squad took care of them.
  9. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance video Tuesday that shows an armed man robbing the Zales jewelry store at University Mall in Tampa.
    Deputies are looking for the armed man who concealed his face and robbed the mall jewelry store on Tuesday morning.
  10. James Dailey, 73, faces execution for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. Left: Dailey at his 1987 trial, where he was convicted and sentenced to death. Middle: Dailey in 1993, when he was again sentenced to die. Right: A photo of Dailey on Florida's Death Row.
    In a new court filing, Dailey’s attorneys say Jack Pearcy has signed a declaration in the death of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio.