Don James "Jimmy Peg" Pegorino (1957-2008) was a mobster heavily involved in drugs distribution, and head of the Alderney based Pegorino Family. He owned the Honkers strip club in Tudor, Alderney; which was run by his trusted associate, Phil Bell. He was the husband of Angie Pegorino.
Pegorino's main goal was to see his family being named part of the Liberty City Cosa Nostra "Commission". The main five Mafia families of Liberty City (the Ancelotti, Pavano, Messina, Gambetti and Lupisella families) thought that the Pegorinos are nothing more than a South Alderney gang.
Niko Bellic met Pegorino when Bell recommended Niko to him.
Pegorino had Niko accompany him to a truce meeting with the Pavano Family, but was cagey enough to have Niko watch over the meeting with a sniper. Pegorino's gut instincts were proved correct, as the Pavano's opened fire on Pegorino and his associates Big Pete and Marco, killing the younger men. The wounded and fuming Pegorino had Niko chase down his assailants, killing them and retrieving the truce offer. As revenge, Pegorino had Niko ambush a Pavano cash pick-up at AutoEroticar in Leftwood, Alderney.
Much to Pegorino's distress, his trusted bodyguard, Anthony Corrado, had 'flipped' and had been wearing a wire for the Goverment. Pegorino called Corrado, who then had a heart attack but survived. A paranoid Pegorino then held an arriving Niko at gunpoint with a shotgun, challenging Niko's loyalty. He then ordered Niko to kill Corrado at the hospital, which Niko duly did.
Later on, Pegorino had to decide who in his Family is a traitor and eventually had Niko kill his Capo, Ray Boccino, whom he did not trust. Pegorino then ordered Niko to take part in a drug deal with his old nemesis, Dimitri Rascalov. Niko then had to decide on what to do next.
In the "Deal" ending of the storyline, inside the old run down casino, Dimitri Rascalov is angered at Pegorino, whom he tries to reason with him, ends up getting brutally killed by an angry Dimitri before Niko arrives. Dimitri then escapes inside a helicopter while Niko enters a boat. After crash landing into Happiness Land, Dimitri, who is heavily injured during the gunfight, is shot to death by Niko.
In the "Revenge" ending of the storyline, Pegorino killed Kate McReary at the wedding of Mallorie and Roman Bellic in retaliation for Niko ruining the drug deal by killing Rascalov. He calls Niko a "f***ing double crossing imergrant shit" before shooting Kate with an AK-47, thus taking the role of the final boss of the game. Soon after, he was killed by Niko after a lengthy chase and shootout (with some assistance from Niko's cousin Roman and his friend Jacob Hughes), culminating in Pegorino's death at the base of the Statue of Happiness on Happiness Island.
After being shot down, a dying Pegorino is approached by Niko, furious over Kate McReary's death. Niko angrily says to Jimmy to leave him alone, but Jimmy says that he has all of the top orders. Niko then asks what did Kate do to harm him, Jimmy then says that he wanted Niko, who calls him a "imergrant dipshit". Niko subsequently mentions his deals with Jon Gravelli, and how the latter thought of Pegorino's organization as a "fat f***ing joke." Niko turns away laughing. Pegorino raises his pistol, hoping to use the moment to kill Niko, who casually turns back around, ending Pegorino's life with a single shot from his AK-47 right between the eyes.
Murders commited by James Peogrino
Kate McReary only in the revenge storyline
Jimmy Pegorino is voiced by Tony Patellis.