The former Politburo member and Chongqing city party leader was convicted for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power in a case set in motion by his wife’s poisoning of a British business associate in late 2011.
His trial was widely regarded as a political prosecution and a sign that top leaders had turned against the charismatic populist.
The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court deprived Bo of political rights for life and confiscated all his personal assets.
A lawyer with direct knowledge of the case said Bo indicated that the verdict was unjust and was expected to appeal, but observers say he has little chance of success.
He has 10 days to appeal.
Despite fears of public strife or brutal political infighting spearheaded by Bo’s supporters within the leadership, there has been no major official backing for Bo, either within the Communist Party or in the public — although he remains popular among many Chinese.