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After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The district judge imposed a hard forty life sentence. By way of a journal entry five months later, the district judge set amounts for restitution and court costs. The Supreme court affirmed, holding (1) Defendant’s conviction bestowed jurisdiction to sentence upon the district court, and the district judge’s pronounced sentenced conformed to the statutory requirements; (2) Defendant’s sentence was not illegal because it became final when the district court judge memorialized the amount of restitution in a journal entry; and (3) the district judge’s failure to hold a hearing in open court with Defendant present to set the amount of restitution did not deprive the district court of jurisdiction or make the sentence illegal.