A court in northeast China has sentenced five people to prison for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.

The Intermediate Court in the city of Panjin said Saturday the five were sentenced of two to three years for undermining the implementation of the law, recruiting believers and propagating the group called Quannengshen.

Members of the group, whose name translates roughly as "all-powerful spirit," were sentenced for killing a woman last May after she refused to give her phone number to the suspects, who were trying to recruit new members.

The group believes Jesus has been resurrected as a Chinese woman, and it has been officially banned.