Monroe prison guard accused of domestic violence

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A Monroe prison guard was jailed Tuesday for investigation of domestic violence.

He was ordered held on $50,000 bail as he faces accusations he assaulted his wife Monday and earlier this month at their home in Monroe.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports the woman was treated at a hospital for more than 75 bruises from her head to her feet.

The 29-year-old man went to police Tuesday and said he wanted to give his side of the story. He said he used defensive tactics to protect himself from his wife's aggression. He said he struck her Monday using a "hammer fist" technique he learned in defensive tactics training.

The Department of Corrections says he works in the special offender unit for mentally ill prisoners at Monroe.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com