Brandon woman sentenced in Iowa following 2017 shootings

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KSFY) - A Brandon woman has been sentenced in two northwest Iowa counties following shootings at unoccupied homes there more than a year ago.

Authorities sentenced 51-year-old Artis Kattenberg in Sioux County for criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was also sentenced on criminal mischief and aiding and abetting the reckless use of a firearm in Lyon County.

Kattenberg received a seven-year suspended prison sentence.

The investigation began on Dec. 24, 2017 when two homeowners reported their houses had been shot at while they were gone. They were both members of the Netherlands Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

When Iowa authorities determined the shooter was from Brandon, they asked South Dakota law enforcement agencies for assistance in finding the suspect.

Investigators found guns, ammunition and tactical gear in the basement of Kattenberg's home. The guns ranged from .22 caliber rifles to fully automatic .50-caliber tactical rifles.

Her juvenile son was then accused of firing the shots at the homes.

Police Kattenberg and her son had recently had a falling out at the Netherlands Reformed Church and believed investigators had prevented a violent plan from taking place.

Kattenberg also received a seven-year suspended prison sentence in Minnehaha County, where she spent 293 days in jail, for abuse or cruelty to a minor.

Investigators said all the guns found at the home were purchased legally.

With her sentencing, Kattenberg is now prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. She also cannot have contact with the Netherlands Reformed Church and must comply with any mental health recommendations.


Photo of the seized guns from Kattenberg's home courtesy of the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office