(MENAFN - Asia Times) Zhou Shifeng
He has also been deprived of his political rights for five years, according to the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Tianjin, a northern port city close to Beijing.
Zhou, 52, pleaded guilty and said at the court he would not appeal.
The same court announced the sentences for another two men related to Zhou respectively on Tuesday and Wednesday.
More than 40 people, including lawyers and journalists from home and overseas, observed Thursday's trial. No Zhou's family members were present as he requested.