BEIJING (AP) _ A woman convicted of running a brothel in Beijing has been sentenced to death, state newspapers reported Wednesday.

The Beijing Intermediate Court sentenced Ma Yulan, 41, for running a prostitution ring while operating a restaurant and sauna as a front, the Beijing Morning Post and other newspapers reported.

The reports said that eight other people connected with the case had been given sentences Tuesday that ranged from 18 months to 8 years in prison.

It was unclear whether Ma would appeal her sentence, the reports added.