Robert "Nudie" Mims, 69, a founding member of the Philadelphia Black Mafia serving life in prison for a notorious 1971 robbery and murder, died Monday, July 9, at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault, said Sarah Berg, spokeswoman for that state's Department of Corrections.
In 1995, Mims was transferred to Minnesota because authorities said he wielded too much influence over other inmates in Pennsylvania prisons, particularly Graterford, where he allegedly controlled criminal operations.
On Jan. 4, 1971, a gang of eight led by Mims robbed Dubrow's Furniture Store at 417 South St. The armed men tied up 20 employees, beating and pistol-whipping many. Two victims were shot, one fatally. One was doused with gasoline and set on fire. The gang then tried to burn the store down.