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Lyon County, Iowa  


Lyon County Attorney - Press Releases 





January 9, 2019  





Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle announced that Artis Kattenberg, age 51, of Brandon, South Dakota, was sentenced today in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Criminal Mischief as well as Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. On January 7, 2019, Kattenberg was also sentenced in Lyon County District Court for the separate crimes of Criminal Mischief and Aiding and Abetting the Reckless Use of a Firearm. Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, and Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer, prosecuted the cases on behalf of the State of Iowa.


The cases began on December 24, 2017, after which damage was done to a residence by a gun being fired toward and into a Sioux County residence. The home was not occupied at the time of the shooting, but a separate investigation revealed a second shooting was also done to a Lyon County residence. Multiple agencies, coordinating their investigative efforts, revealed increasingly bizarre behavior from Kattenberg and her son, which included stockpiling firearms and threatening comments. Kattenberg was taken into South Dakota custody on December 27, 2017, where she spent 293 days in the Minnehaha County jail, and received a 7-year suspended prison sentence for Abuse or Cruelty to a Minor, with the condition she comply with all recommendations for mental health treatment. Coordinating law enforcement agencies appear to have prevented an incident with multiple victims of firearm-related violence.


In Iowa, Kattenberg received a second 7-year suspended prison sentence, where she is prohibited from having any contact with the Netherlands Reformed Church in Rock Valley and the victims. She must also comply with any mental health recommendations. As a result of her felony convictions in South Dakota and Iowa, Kattenberg is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms.

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