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Lawrence Stephens was an 18-year-old homeless restaurant waiter when he and three others committed a home invasion robbery in the Seaford region of York County in 2001. No guns were fired, and no one was hurt, according to his lawyer. The Hampton man and several others were apprehended and brought to trial, but the sentence Stephens received from York County Judge Prentis Smiley Jr. violated sentencing guidelines by hundreds of years. Smiley withdrew from the bench and died in 2008, according to a Daily Press report. He presided over Daryl Atkins’ capital murder trial in 1998.As a result of the outcome, a U.S. In 2002, the Supreme Court issued a judgement prohibiting the execution of people with intellectual disability. Gaylene Kanoyton, the president of the Hampton NAACP, enlisted the help of attorney Rebecca Winn, the legal redress chair, to investigate and file a petition for a conditional pardon this year. The Stephens case is only one of the civil rights organization’s ongoing investigations. Winn stated in his appeal that both the prosecution and the defense had provided insufficient representation. She expressed herself as follows: “I was especially alarmed to read that the prosecutor was…