Dan Sullivan, Tampa Courts and Federal Courts Reporter

Dan Sullivan

Tampa Courts and Federal 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.

Ex-nanny who sexually abused 11-year-old, got pregnant, gets 20 years

Marissa Mowry, 28, sits in a Hillsborough County courtroom court before her sentencing hearing Thursday. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy when he was 11-years-old. She was his former nanny, and became pregnant with his child. Photo courtesy of WTVT-Fox 13
Marissa Mowry was 22 when she first assaulted an 11-year-old boy. Now he’s a teenager raising a son, and she was classified as a sexual predator.

As execution looms in Pinellas case, fuzzy memories squander defense efforts

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. Tampa Bay Times
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.

Wimauma woman accused of stashing 24 pipe bombs has history of mental illness

Two-dozen pipe bombs found in a Wimauma woman's bedroom contained potential projectiles including nails and screws, investigators said. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office  |  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
“I got angry," Michelle Louise Kolts told investigators. “I wasn’t going to hurt anybody.” A judge ordered her held without bail.

Doubts linger, but James Dailey is set to die for murder of Pinellas girl

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. Scott Keeler  |  Scott Keeler
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.

Feds charge seven in Tampa Bay opioid, health care fraud schemes

The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in downtown Tampa. Allen, Willie J., Jr.  |  Tampa Bay Times
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says one scheme distributed thousands of illegal opioids. Another cost Medicaid more than $1.2 million.