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Federal jury acquits three in Shack Waikiki extortion trial

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:43 p.m. HST, May 21, 2013

The Shack Waikiki, above, is expected to close this Sunday. Waikiki will lose another drinking spot as the Red Lion Waikiki will soon move out of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Another tenant has been selected to replace the late-night bar, which is located beneath the Hyatt, said Sheryl Siu, Hyatt's director of retail. Siu declined to name the new tenant or give a reason for the change. The Hyatt is working on confirming a closing date for the Red Lion Waikiki and an opening date for the new tenant, she said.

A federal court jury returned verdicts of not guilty this afternoon for three men accused of extortion involving The Shack Waikiki restaurant.

The government had said Tory Winward, who was a minority owner of the restaurant, Curtis Swanson and Jesse Yoshino conspired to use violence and intimidation to force out the majority owners. The government also accused Winward and Swanson of conspiring to use threats and intimidation to extort money from a person who conducted promotional events at the restaurant for liquor companies.

Winward’s lawyer said the only threats made against majority owners Andy Lindberg and Brendan Burchfiel was legal action for withholding financial records that he said showed they had diverted money from the Waikiki restaurant to their other Shack restaurants.

The jury found Winward, Swanson and Yoshino not guilty of all charges.

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