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Associated Press, Published December 18 2009

Divorce granted to bankrupt auto dealer Denny Hecker

MINNEAPOLIS — Bankrupt auto dealer Denny Hecker has been granted a divorce from his wife, although financial and child custody issues have yet to be resolved.

Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam dissolved Hecker's 15-year marriage to Tamitha Hecker Thursday and ordered a trial to divide any remaining assets.

KSTP-TV reports Tamitha Hecker is asking for $15 million and sole custody of the couple's two children, ages 8 and 14.

Hecker closed or sold 26 auto dealerships and filed for bankruptcy in June. Court records show Hecker has $757 million in debts and about $18 million in assets.

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