Texas judge, kidney transplant recipient, dies

May 17, 2011 7:43:04 AM PDT
A Southeast Texas judge who in 2010 underwent a kidney transplant has died. State District Judge Britton Plunk died Tuesday after being transported to a hospital in Beaumont.

Hardin County Judge Billy Caraway says Plunk apparently had been having health problems after the transplant. Caraway says an ambulance was summoned to Plunk's home in Silsbee early Tuesday and the judge died at a hospital.

No cause of death was immediately provided.

Caraway says Plunk, who served more than a dozen years as judge of 356th District Court, switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP earlier this year. Caraway described the criminal court judge as "well respected."

Sheriff Ed Cain told KFDM-TV that he spoke with Plunk last Friday and that the judge said he felt good. Plunk was 64.

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