Stanley “Sam” Ambrose Mazurek, 35, of Fort Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of murder Wednesday and was sentenced in Sebastian County Circuit Court to 60 years in prison.

The prison term for the murders, which includes an additional 20-year suspended imposition sentence, will run concurrently with sentences of 40 years for burglary and firearms possession as a felon, and 30 years for theft of property.

Mazurek, who was considered a “habitual offender” with at least four prior felonies, was previously expected to go to jury trial Jan. 29 for charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Roger Allen Woods, 48, and his brother, Bradley Scott Woods, 32, at a home in the 9500 block of Arkansas 10 East in the Washburn community last January.

“The destruction you’ve done to so many families with your senseless acts, it’s hard to fathom and hard to understand, but it’s by the grace of the families that have been harmed by you that you’re getting the sentence imposed,” Circuit Judge Michael Fitzhugh said to Mazurek on Wednesday at the Sebastian County Courts Building in Fort Smith before the sentencing was imposed.

Shirley Woods, the mother of the Woods brothers, read a victim impact statement at the plea hearing.

“On Jan. 1, 2017, our world ended by these acts of cruel, senseless violence,” Shirley Woods said. “Stanley Mazurek not only killed our two sons, he shattered our family … The grief follows us wherever we go. I wish there was an eraser that could erase the image of that horrific scene my husband found that awful day.”

Shirley and Rodger Woods also had a daughter who died in an automobile accident at some point prior to the murders. Shirley said her son "Brad" helped the family get through the heartbreak of their daughter’s death, but his “mental problems started to take over and he resorted to drugs to try to feel normal.”

“He had a good heart and he genuinely cared for people,” Shirley Woods added of her son Brad Woods, noting that he had given Mazurek “a place to stay.”

“Horrific death is how he was repaid,” she said.

The mother called Allen Woods their “strong, dependable” son.

“It always gave us great comfort knowing that when times got hard, and in our old age, Allen was there to help,” Shirley Woods said. “Now that comfort is gone. Stanley Mazurek ended that.”

Leah Whitman, Mazurek’s sister, said outside the courtroom that the murders have devastated both of their families and her mother’s health has failed following the deaths.

“We’re all suffering,” Whitman said, noting that her brother “had problems, but he was a good person.”

As Mazurek was being led out of the courtroom in chains, one of his family members said "We love you, Sam." It was not received well by either the judge, bailiffs or Shirley Woods, who turned with scorn.

Among the court documents in Mazurek’s file for the case is a handwritten affidavit dated May 22, 2017, from Ishmael H. Obama in Arkansas' Lincoln County stating he met Bradley Woods in jail the prior year and had a story that related to Mazurek.

“He explained to me that he had problems with fellow inmate Stanley H. Mazurek No. 148049,” Obama wrote of Bradley Woods. “I asked him what was wrong and he stated that it was over a drug debt incurred while in the same barracks and Mazurek’s homeboys saying that Woods wouldn’t get paid.”

Obama goes on to say that Woods told him “that once he was free he would track Mazurek down to kill and settle the score in the streets with no friends to save Mazurek.”

“I took what Bradley Woods said to be true, (because) he was convincing while in prison,” Obama wrote, noting he learned of Mazurek’s murder charges from Mazurek’s mother, and that he would testify to what he heard.

Whitman said she had heard of "death threats" to Mazurek and his family, but was not aware of Obama’s statement.

Fitzhugh explained to Mazurek, who wore glasses and a beard in court Wednesday, that if he ever does get out of prison and violates probation he would face an additional 20 years in prison with a petition to revoke a suspended sentence.

The Woods family had agreed to the 60-year sentence for the murders of their sons, Sebastian County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Houston said. No appeal is possible with the plea deal, the judge explained.

According to previous Times Record reports, Mazurek became a person of interest after the murders and was arrested by an Arkansas state trooper after being spotted in Fort Smith in a vehicle reported stolen from a location close to the homicide site.

Capt. Philip Pevehouse of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said they received a phone call around 8 a.m. Jan. 2, 2017, that two men were dead in the home. Deputies were sent out immediately to the crime scene, which Pevehouse described as “horrific.”