Mississippi Federal Judge Dies

U.S. District Court Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., confirmed to the bench in 1999, has died.

Pepper died at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson on Tuesday after a heart attack. He was 70 years old.

A spokeswoman for the Northern District of Mississippi’s federal court confirmed Pepper’s death. Chief Judge Michael P. Mills, in a statement, said the district has lost a judge of “impeccable character.”

Pepper, of Cleveland, was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1999. He held court in Greenville.

His survivors include his wife, Virginia, and a son, William A. Pepper III.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.