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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. Antonio Rivers sits in court during his trial Monday in Tampa. He is charged with sexual battery and burglary in a 2000 case in which a woman was attacked while entering a Seminole Heights apartment.
  2. Devon Arthurs appears in a mug shot taken upon his return to Hillsborough County jail on Thursday.
  3. Granville Ritchie, center, stands during his trial in Hillsborough County for the 2014 rape and strangulation of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
  4. Supporters of former President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
  5. Shakayla Denson is escorted into a Tampa courtroom Tuesday morning, shortly before she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels.
  6. A cache of weapons seized from one man is stored in the evidence room in 2019 at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa.
  7. U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Roger Handberg poses for a portrait in his Tampa office earlier this month. Five months into the job, Handberg aims to refocus on the cases he believes federal prosecutors are best equipped to handle.
  8. Cameron Herrin reacts the moment he hears his sentence — 24 years in prison — at the conclusion of his sentencing hearing on April 8, 2021.
  9. Damien Marshall is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Linda Harris and Jenny DeLeon.
  10. Tampa City Council member Orlando Gudes is seen during a council meeting March 31 in Tampa.
  11. In this photo from the Florida Department of Corrections, two corrections officers walk past cells on death row at Union Correctional Institution.
  12. Cameron Herrin reacts the moment he hears his sentence — 24 years in prison — at the conclusion of his sentencing hearing in April 2021 in Hillsborough County. He is appealing the sentence.
  13. Paul Means has been a witness in several Hillsborough cases, including murders, and his efforts have won him lighter sentences -- including one that left him out of jail on the night authorities say he caused a fatal traffic crash.
  14. Humberto Delgado appears in court during his 2011 trial.
  15. Sabrina Hendley appears in a photo provided by her attorney, Todd Foster. State prosecutors this week dropped a murder charge against Hendley after a four-year legal battle in which she claimed self-defense in the shooting of her husband.
  16. DeAnna Marie Stinson, of Tampa, tried to hire someone to kill her ex-boyfriend's wife. She has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.
  17. La jueza federal de distrito Kathryn Kimball Mizelle se incorporó al tribunal federal en 2020 después de haber sido nominada por el entonces presidente Donald Trump
  18. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle joined the federal bench in 2020 after being nominated by then-President Donald Trump.
  19. Jeremy Brown, 47, is accused of taking part in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal agents say they found unregistered guns and two hand grenades at his Tampa home. A new indictment alleges he also possessed secret defense documents.
  20. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Master Deputy Tonia Ballard appears in a 2014 photo provided by her attorney.
  21. A surveillance image included in a federal criminal complaint shows a man, bottom right, identified as Steven Miles shortly after he entered the U.S. Capitol through a broken window. Another man, Matthew LeBrun, is identified coming through the window behind Miles.
  22. Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, a Tampa attorney who rose to prominence as an advocate for the accused, died Monday at 41.
  23. Deputies say 25-year-old Hannibal Mowry, left, died in 2020 after he consumed a drug given to him by Stephen Bowman, 59, right.
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