MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa jury on Tuesday convicted a 31-year-old man in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a Concord bar in 2010, but it forced a mistrial as to his charges for a second shooting.

Nicholas Cox, of Concord, sprayed gunfire outside Vinnie's Bar & Grill on Mount Diablo Street on March 7, 2010, and injured a 30-year-old man. About two hours later, Cox shot at a Brentwood man outside the Premier Inn on Concord Avenue, prosecutor Simon O'Connell said.

No motive for the shootings, which occurred as Cox was on parole for a robbery conviction, was ever established.

The jury found Cox guilty of two charges for the bar shooting, but it was hung as to an attempted murder charge. As for the motel shooting, the jury acquitted Cox of attempted murder, and was hung as to his charges for attempted voluntary manslaughter and shooting at an occupied building.

Cox is facing life in prison for the convictions, and is headed for retrial on all the hung counts.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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