NYC Psychiatrist Pamela Buchbinder Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from Murder Plot; to be Jailed 11 Years

September 9, 2022

A Manhattan psychiatrist pleaded guilty Wednesday to crimes related to an alleged plot to have her bipolar cousin try to murder her psychiatrist ex with a sledgehammer nearly a decade ago.

Dr. Pamela Buchbinder, 52, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault and first-degree burglary for her role in the attack on her former partner, Dr. Michael Weiss, in exchange for 11 years in prison.

The plea deal let her dodge the top charge of attempted murder and a potential sentence of up to 25 years had she been convicted at trial for the sinister Nov. 12, 2012, alleged scheme.

"Pamela Buchbinder meticulously planned and plotted to kill Dr. Michael Weiss, enlisting the aid of her 19-year-old cousin Jacob Nolan," Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.

"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. Today she is being held accountable for her actions," Bragg said.

Buchbinder's attorney, Eric Franz, said that his client did not admit to an attempted murder scheme.

"The DA's office got their plea, but they're not entitled to misrepresent it," Franz said. "Ms. Buchbinder did not admit to participating in any plot to kill Dr. Weiss."

Buchbinder allegedly persuaded Weiss to name her as the beneficiary of his $1.5 million life insurance policy three days before she had her cousin, Jacob Nolan, ambush him at his West 57th St. home office on Nov. 12, 2012, according to prosecutors.

Buchbinder bought the sledgehammer, supplied the knife and even drew up the handwritten map that Nolan used in the failed murder.

Nolan, then 19, stabbed Weiss seven times and clubbed him with the sledgehammer — but the stunned psychiatrist fought him off.

Buchbinder and Weiss had been arguing at the time over custody and a visitation schedule for their then-6-year-old son.

Nolan, who was convicted at trial of second-degree attempted murder and other charges, was sentenced in 2016 to 9 1/2 years in prison.

His lawyers had argued that Buchbinder used her expertise as a psychiatrist to manipulate the vulnerable teen, who had a history of serious mental illness, into carrying out the heinous plan.

It took authorities nearly five years to charge Buchbinder for the attempted slaying — even though the doctor lost custody of her son in 2015 after a family court judge determined that she had conspired with her cousin to try to kill Weiss.

She has been jailed since her arrest and has already served half her sentence. Weiss' attorney, Roland Acevedo, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Source: Rebecca Rosenberg, “NYC psychiatrist admits to role in alleged plot to kill her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend,” Fox News, Sept. 7, 2022, URL:  


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