D.A. Bragg Announces Guilty Plea of Pamela Buchbinder for Plot to Kill Dr. Michael Weiss

September 7, 2022

Buchbinder Enlisted Cousin Jacob Nolan – Previously Convicted at Trial – to Attack Her Ex-Partner and Father of Her Child in His Midtown Home Office

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of PAMELA BUCHBINDER, 52, for her role in a plot to murder Dr. Michael Weiss, her ex-partner and the father of their child, in 2012. BUCHBINDER enlisted the aid of her 19-year-old cousin, JACOB NOLAN, and helped orchestrate a home invasion attack on Dr. Weiss, where NOLAN repeatedly stabbed the victim across his body.

BUCHBINDER pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Assault in the First Degree. She will be sentenced to 11 years in state prison and 5 years’ post-release supervision on October 11, 2022. In 2016, NOLAN was convicted at trial of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, among other charges, and sentenced to 9 ½ years in state prison.

“Pamela Buchbinder meticulously planned and plotted to kill Dr. Michael Weiss, enlisting the aid of her 19-year-old cousin Jacob Nolan. This brutal attack left Dr. Weiss, the father of her child, injured with multiple stab wounds to his body and traumatized by the brutal attack carried out by Nolan. Today, she is being held accountable for her actions,” said District Attorney Bragg.

As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, BUCHBINDER and NOLAN went to a Home Depot on West 23rd Street the night before the November 12, 2012, attack and bought a 10-pound sledgehammer with cash. BUCHBINDER also gave NOLAN a kitchen knife in order to attack Dr. Weiss. BUCHBINDER drew a map for NOLAN and instructed him how to enter Dr. Weiss’s midtown building, which he used as an office and apartment. NOLAN swung a sledgehammer repeatedly at Dr. Weiss and stabbed him all over his body.

Assistant D.A. and Senior Trial Counsel Joel Seidemann handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Erin Tierney (Chief of Trial Bureau 30), Stuart Silberg and Shira Arnow (Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 30) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Assistant District Attorneys Karl Mulloney-Radke and Veronica Alayeva also assisted with the prosecution. Bureau analyst Nicole McNamee and paralegal Aiden Connerty assisted with the case. Investigator John D’Alesio led the investigation of the case.

District Attorney Bragg thanked the New York City Police Department, particularly Detective Kevin Buehler (retired).

Defendant Information:
New York, New York


  • Burglary in the First Degree, a class B felony
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony