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. A courthouse regular snapped this image of a llama, named Thaddeus, as the animal strode past the Hillsborough County courthouse Monday. The llama's visit to Tampa became a social media sensation.
  2. Michael Keetley, a former ice cream truck driver accused of shooting a group of men in 2010 in Ruskin, sits in court during his trial.
  3. DNA evidence linked Alfred Fennie, 58 to the 1991 murder of Jamie Christine Duncan in Tampa. Fennie was already in prison for a murder that occurred in Hernando County the same year. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to Duncan's murder and received a 50-year sentence.
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  5. Michael Keetley, 49, sits in a Tampa courtroom Friday during testimony in his murder trial. Keetley is accused in the 2010 shootings of two men, and the attempted killings of four others at a Ruskin home in 2010.
  6. University of Tampa President Ronald Vaughn, second from right, received the Tampa Metro Civitan Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award on Thursday.
  7. Mike Perotti, a former colonel and current legal counsel for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, will challenge Andrew Warren in the race for State Attorney in November.
  8. Trevor Dooley, testifies during his first trial in the 2010 shooting of David James.
  9. Left: James Dailey at his 1987 trial, when he was convicted and sentenced to death. Middle: Dailey in 1993, when he was again sentenced to die. Right: The most current photo of Dailey on Florida's Death Row.
  10. Michael Nelson Snyder, 28, was arrested Saturday after investigators said they linked him to a pair of jewelry store robberies within the last month that yielded a loss of more than $300,000 in merchandise.
  11. Scores Gentlemen's Club in Tampa is at the center of a lawsuit claiming the club employed a young girl who was the victim of human trafficking.
  12. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
  13. Nancy Engelhart, 73, and her husband, John, 76, grew fruit and vegetables on their property on McIntosh Road, where they had lived since 1972.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Trevor Dooley gets into a waiting vehicle after leaving the Orient Road Jail in 2016. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
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  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Tracy Sheehan, listening here to courtroom arguments in 2010, grew up in Alaska and worked as a television journalist before becoming a lawyer and a judge in Hillsborough County.