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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. James Dailey, 73, is set to be executed on Nov. 7 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: The most current photo of Dailey on Florida's Death Row.
    James Dailey’s execution remains set for Nov. 7. On Monday, a judge denied efforts to overturn his death sentence after a former prosecutor testified.
  2. Two-dozen pipe bombs found in a Wimauma woman's bedroom contained potential projectiles including nails and screws, investigators said.
    “I got angry," Michelle Louise Kolts told investigators. “I wasn’t going to hurt anybody.” A judge ordered her held without bail.
  3. James Dailey appears in a Pinellas County courtroom in 1993 to face sentencing in the murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. Now 73, Dailey is set to be executed for her murder on Nov. 7.
    Lawyers say new testimony raises questions about Dailey’s guilt in the 1985 slaying. Still, a death warrant signed last week has a date of Nov. 7.
  4. The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says one scheme distributed thousands of illegal opioids. Another cost Medicaid more than $1.2 million.
  5. Granville Ritchie, center, during his trial in Hillsborough County for the 2014 rape and strangulation of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. He was convicted of her death and recieved the death sentence.
    The body of Felecia Williams was found off the Courtney Campbell Causeway five years ago. The man who raped and killed her will forfeit his own life.
  6. Holding hands on Wednesday, before a verdict is read in the trial of Granville Ritchie, are Jerome Williams, father of murder victim Felecia Williams; Felecia Demerson, the girl's mother; and Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano.
    Court stopped briefly after a juror in Granville Ritchie’s trial began sobbing during the testimony of the 9-year-old victim’s mother.
  7. Defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand, left, talks with Granville Ritchie, center, after a jury on Wednesday found him guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery, and aggravated child abuse in the 2014 death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
    A Hillsborough County jury found him guilty of all charges. Now it must decide if Ritchie should be put to death for his crimes.
  8. Granville Ritchie sits during testimony in his murder trial at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. Ritchie is accused of the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
    Ritchie is charged in the death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. A jury could decide the case as soon as Wednesday afternoon.
  9. Granville Ritchie, right, sits with defense attorneys during his trial Monday at the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Ritchie is accused in the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.
    Kellisa Kelley was one of Ritchie’s girlfriends at the time of his 2014 arrest.
  10. Attorneys Brad Bell, right, and Amber McDonnell, left, speak during a news conference in May about a lawsuit against the estate of Plant City businessman J.W. Thomas. Thomas was accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl and later died by suicide. A settlement of the suit is expected soon.
    A young woman claimed J.W. Thomas of Plant City molested her before his death by suicide in 2014.