Chen Kegui, the nephew of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, will spend more than three years in prison for assaulting men who broke into his house in April. His lawyers were barred from the four-hour trial.
Chen Guangcheng is a self-taught lawyer whose work exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in Shangdong Province put him at the center of a US-China diplomatic crisis.
As blind activist Chen Guangcheng waits in a Beijing hospital for travel documents to leave for the US with his family, his extended family is coming under pressure over his escape, he said.
Chen Guangcheng's sudden change, he says, is concern about the threats to his wife, two children, and mother. Will Beijing let Chen Guangcheng leave?
Chen Guangcheng is a self-taught lawyer, who was supposed to be an acupuncturist, a traditional trade for the blind in China. But he started winning lawsuits, and won a popular following.
Chen Guangcheng is now sheltering in the US embassy.
The US rushes a top diplomat to Beijing to work out tensions over dissident Chen Guangcheng and a possible US arms sale to Taiwan.
In China, human rights activists report being attacked by some 100 thugs Sunday when they tried to visit activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been illegally confined to his house.