Senior accused of bombing his own brother dies in jail

RCMP bomb disposal unit
Bomb disposal unit of the RCMP outside a senior's complex in Whitehorse, Yukon. - RCMP

Whitehorse, Yukon – A senior accused of sending a mail bomb to kill his brother in BC has died.

Yukon Chief Coroner Heather Jones said 73-year-old Leon Nepper died on Sunday after he was noticed to be in medical distress.

Nepper was being held at Whitehorse Correctional Centre on charges resulting from a bomb sent to Roger Nepper of Port Alice.

“Yukon Coroner’s Service and Whitehorse RCMP were called to attend the death of a Whitehorse Correctional Centre prisoner on Sunday, September 23, 2018 where an inmate was found to be in medical distress,” said Jones.

“The inmate was transported to Whitehorse General Hospital, with death occurring at 13:25 hours.”

“An autopsy will take place at Vancouver General Hospital later this week.”

“Yukon Coroner Services extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Nepper,” she said.

Nepper was charged with attempted murder, possession of an explosive device and sending an explosive device with intent to cause bodily harm.

When his brother opened the package it exploded in a flash sending nails flying into his abdomen. Three of his fingers had to be amputated.

No motive was mentioned by cops for the Sept 11 bombing.

Earlier story:

Yukon senior accused of sending mail bomb to his BC brother – to kill him