- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

EXETER, Neb. (AP) - The former owners of a gun shop in Exeter are facing prison time after reaching a deal with prosecutors on state tax charges.

Robert and Hope Androyna pleaded no contest on Tuesday to failing to pay sales tax and evading income tax. In exchange, prosecutors dropped other counts accusing the couple of not paying sales tax and filing a fraudulent income tax return.

Each felony count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. A no-contest plea doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

The two are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18. Court records show that Robert Androyna, 46, filed for divorce from his 42-year-old wife in August.

The Nebraska Department of Revenue alleges that the Androynas took in $3.78 million from their Exeter Arms business from 2009 through 2012, including nearly $200,000 in local and state sales taxes that they didn’t send to the state.

Investigators said the couple didn’t report the profit, income or wages from their business until October 2013, when the Revenue Department was already investigating. The department estimated that the Androynas owed more than $479,000 for both back sales taxes and income taxes, including penalties.

Under the plea agreement, the Androynas agreed to pay $187,000 in restitution.

Authorities have said the Androynas started their gun business from their Exeter home in 2006, before opening up a store in 2011. They often sold products at gun shows.

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