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Suspect in restaurant owner killing is charged with possessing 2 shivs in cell

A Niagara Falls man charged with killing a Buffalo restaurant owner has been charged with possessing two shivs hidden inside his cell at the Erie County Holding Center, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Jamell Chapman, 26, was charged with possessing dangerous contraband in prison, a felony, the Sheriff's Office said.

The shivs were made of sharpened plastic and fastened with cloth.

Chapman will face disciplinary action at the holding center in addition to the criminal charges. Chapman has been charged in the fatal beating of Upendra Bawa, 78, who ran Taste of Life restaurant on Sycamore Street for more than 20 years. Bawa was found dead July 19, 2016.

Deputies in the Erie County Holding Center recovered two shivs in an inmate's cell. (Photo courtesy Erie County Sheriff's Department)

Chapman has been incarcerated at the holding center since Jan. 9, 2017, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Two of Chapman's co-defendants pleaded guilty in 2017 to lesser robbery-related charges.

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